This book was a project developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (IASC MHPSS RG). The project was supported by global, regional and country based experts from Member Agencies of the IASC MHPSS RG, in addition to parents, caregivers, teachers and children in 104 countries. A global survey was distributed in Arabic, English, Italian, French and Spanish to assess children’s mental health and psychosocial needs during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The e-book can be downloaded, by clicking here: My Hero is You, how kids can fight COVID-19
A framework of topics to be addressed through the story was developed using the survey results. The book was shared through storytelling to children in several countries affected by COVID-19. Feedback from children, parents and caregivers was then used to review and update the story.
Over 1,700 children, parents, caregivers and teachers from around the world took the time to share with us how they were coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. A big thank you to these children, their parents, caregivers and teachers for completing our surveys and influencing this story. This is a story developed for and by children around the world.
This IASC MHPSS RG acknowledge Helen Patuck for writing the story script and illustrating this book.
©IASC, 2020. This publication was published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO license (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/igo). Under the terms of this license, you may reproduce, translate and adapt this Work for non-commercial purposes, provided the Work is appropriately cited.
Who is conducting this study?
- The Refugee Trauma and Recovery Program, from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, is working with HOST International, SUAKA and Universitas Gadjah Mada to conduct this study.
Why is the study important?
- We want to learn about the experiences of refugees, and what kinds of things affect their wellbeing.
- This will help us understand how refugees cope in their everyday life.
- This knowledge will help to provide better support for refugees in a similar situation around the world.
Who can take part in this study?
- Refugee and asylum-seeker adults (18 years +), who are eligible to participate.
- As the surveys are on-line, you can take part in this study no matter where you live, as long as you have access to the internet. The surveys are in English, Arabic, Farsi, Dari, and Somali.
- To take part in this study, you will need an email address. If you do not have an email address, you can get one here: (Gmail registration) One person can only use one email address.
What does the study involve?
- First, we will ask you to register your interest in participating in this study, on our website.
- Second, we will check if you are eligible to participate.
- If you are eligible, and you agree to participate in the study, we will invite you to complete an online survey 4 times over 18 months.
- The questions are about yourself, your experiences, your thoughts and feelings, and about the relationships you have with other people.
- Each survey takes about one hour to complete.
- To thank you for sharing your experiences, we will reimburse eligible participants for your time with an Indomaret voucher worth IDR 100,000 after you complete each survey.
What will happen to the information you collect from me?
- All information provided by participants is highly confidential and is only accessed by the
- Only the UNSW research team and the HOST International Research Coordinator will have access to your personal information (e.g. contact details), so we can contact you for future time points.
- Your information will not be shared with any service providers, UNHCR, or any
- These details will be stored separately from your survey responses.
- Participating in this study will not affect the UNHCR process and the resettlement process.
- You can choose to receive regular updates about the study in your own language.
Follow this link to register: www.rtrp-research.com/pathways-to-refugee-wellbeing-indonesia