“I found myself hospitalized for a post traumatic stress syndrome six years after having experienced a bad security incident during my mission.  When discharged, I found CHP’s hotline.  No days to wait to get an appointment, no need to get to know the responder or develop a relationship.  Rather, some kind of confidence that, someone who knows what field life is like, would read my messages and answer quickly.  It also meant the possibility to say everything anonymously whenever I wanted and without risking the complication of a relationship and especially an essential written trace of it all.  Conclusion: nine weeks of exchanges and  journaling every day. And 100 pages later, in parallel with a post-traumatic therapy, I saw the light at the end of the tunnel. Today, I can say that both were necessary: the online support and my doctor.” Claude


  • Are you feeling isolated and lonely within your own team?
  • Do you “feel weird” sometimes, but don’t dare talk to anyone about it? Did you read in the Info Sheets certain things that relate to your experience?
  • Do you think that you are falling prey to alcohol, tobacco or substance abuse and don’t know what to do about it?
  • Do you feel depressed or discouraged and would like to communicate with someone about it?
  • Upon return from the field, were you disappointed by people’s lack of interest in what you had to say about your experience?


Maybe you just want a short exchange that allows you to put words on temporary difficulties encountered in your work, or relax by talking to someone outside your sphere of everyday field life. If this is the case, feel free to write to us! It’s free up to 3 sessions and our team will answer within 48 hours.

However, we would like to point out that this is not online therapy. Rather, we call it psychosocial support.

If you feel your situation is more serious and you need professional help, the CHP also offers an online “counseling” service, by email/phone/Skype, with humanitarian counselors. This service goes with a fee.

In either case, if you wish to know what is the most appropriate kind of support for you need, email us at, .

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