Aluna Acompañamiento Psicosocial is a Mexican civil society organization created in 2013 by a group of mental health and human rights professionals; it draws from its founder and director’s nearly 30 years of experience in psychosocial work in contexts of violence.
The psychosocial perspective developed by Aluna attempts to address the impacts among individuals and collectives who have been subjected to sociopolitical violence, strengthen their resistance strategies and understand the causes which give rise to sociopolitical violence.
Working on mental health from a human rights perspective, it has the goal of helping HRDs and other political actors (victims’ organisations, indigenous and campesino communities) fortify their capacities for security and psychological well-being, their institutions, and their political projects in order to continue their efforts and contribute to positive social transformation and the search for a dignified life.
To the Kogui, an indigenous ethnic group that lives in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia, "Aluna" is their creator figure, who they believe is the force behind nature. Aluna's logo is a "mola", a hand-made textile that forms part of the traditional women's clothing of the Kuna people from Panamá and Colombia.
More infos on Aluna here.
Activists, human rights defenders, and political organisers can suffer attacks at the hands of both State and non-State actors seeking to hinder their work. This damages our effectiveness and the wellbeing of ourselves and those around us.
On March 17th, we’ll join Peter Steudtner (Germany) and Daiara Tukano (Brazil) in a conversation on psychosocial approaches to strengthening personal, organisational and movement responses.
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