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.