• Gather information about the mission, the organisation and the area you will be working in.
  • Visualise possible scenarios that might occur during deployment. Consider various plans of action.
  • Be active and collect information about psychosocial wellbeing, stress factors and reactions and coping strategies.
  • Reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses. Practice adaptive coping strategies, as this helps to build resilience.
  • Get to know your colleagues and build team spirit before departure. Discuss motivations, expectations and concerns. Try to find a common values and priorities. Contribute to a secure and open work environment.
  • Familiarise yourself early with the organisation’s formal support systems. Establish peer support and professional networks.
  • Spend time with family and friends.
  • Ensure sufficient rest, exercise and other forms of self-care. Create a plan for how you can recover and regain energy during the mission.