Psychosocial response to the Ebola Emergency- live Q+A session with Peter Hughes

December 2014

On December 17th, at 2pm UK time (GMT) Dr. Peter Hughes will be hosting a live question and answer session on the psychosocial effects of the current Ebola Crisis in West Africa. 

Dr. Peter Hughes is Consultant Psychiatrist Springfield University Hospital London, Chair of Volunteering Special Interest Group at Royal College of Psychiatrists, a mhGAP Trainer and Lead for Mental health Kings Hospital Links to Sierra Leone and Somaliland.

Dr Peter Hughes conducted a WHO mission to Sierra Leone during October and November 2014. This was a planning mission to develop a strategy around psychosocial and mental health response to Ebola in Sierra Leone. The result is a plan to roll out a district nurse led service in the districts using Psychological First Aid to support of survivors, and providing training to staff in basic interventions such as psychological first aid and mhGAP.

To join

Everyone is welcome to attend the event. To join, please email using the subject 'Webinar Registration', and include your name and organization in the email. You will then receive detailed instructions on how to join the webinar.

Submit your questions

You can submit your questions for Peter before the webinar by emailing them to, by commenting below, or by tweeting them @Mhinnovation.

If you are unable to join the webinar live, a link to the recording of the webinar will be later posted in the community section on MHIN.

Missed the Webinar?

In case you weren't able to join us on the 17th and would like to listen to the webinar, head over to our webinars page or click here: Psychosocial Aspects of the Ebola Emergency and Response to listen to Peter's session.


Questions that have come in via email so far:

  1. What is the most important thing you have learned from your experience in Sierra Leone?
  2. What are the main needs? What are the challenges? What is the WHO strategy?
  3. Are primary health care nurses the main target group being trained or are community health workers and/or volunteers being trained as well?
  4. Considering the magnitude of impact, are community outreach programs on psycho-education and awareness building part of the training programs?
  5. Has there been a change in the level of alcohol consumption or drug use since the start of Ebola virus disease outbreak?
  6. Since the fear of contact could be a limiting factor that comes in way of people seeking help or for service staff to reach out, I was also interested in knowing whether in such a scenario, are other mediums of help being considered such a telephonic counselling service/crisis helpline for instance.