The Achilles Initiative increases the psychological resilience of people working in conflict zones.
The mental health issues, stress-related staff turnover and loss of efficiency associated with working in areas of conflict can be dramatically reduced through appropriate training. We have developed a practical resilience programme and are making it available to those who need it. This includes Armed Forces personnel, journalists and humanitarian workers (including ex-pat NGO and local staff). The Achilles training programme is multi-disciplinary drawing from the evidence base currently available (including our own initial research), best practice worldwide (we are in touch with experts in the US and Israel for example) and our own leading-edge research. It is taught by subject matter experts who also have relevant personal and professional experience to build the resilience of organisations.
“Our team work under significant pressure, in very difficult and even hostile environments around the world. They tell me that Mark’s workshop was not only the best training they had attended together, but was the best day they had spent together. Mark’s insights have had a significant positive impact on the work, and lives, of this small group and for that we are extremely grateful.”
Senior Manager, Oxfam GB
Achilles Initiative Update
- Achilles and shorter related stress trainings have been delivered to a range of organisations such as repeat customer disaster relief charity Merlin, The Metropolitan Police, Save the Children, Medair, IAM, The Institute of Development Studies and various other NGO’s, public sector organisations and businesses
- Achilles has been delivered “in the field” to local and international staff in such places as Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and various parts of the Middle East.
- We are in partnership with NGO security training company Safer Edge