How To Help In A Crisis: A Guide To Psychological First Aid - Deepstash
What Is Psychological First Aid?

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed approach built on the concept of human resilience. PFA aims to reduce stress symptoms and assist in a healthy recovery following a traumatic event, natural disaster, public health emergency, or even a personal crisis.

Police, firemen, paramedics, and other first responders are trained in it, and it was developed for non-mental health professionals to use, so there’s no reason the average person can’t use it, too. 


How To Help In A Crisis: A Brief Guide to Psychological First Aid

If the Pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that disaster can and will strike at any time. But what do you do when you are the one who has to respond to a crisis?

Psychological First Aid has its merits when it comes to helping our friends and loved ones through the more mundane and routine crises that define us all. It is easy to use, the training is free and readily available, and the practical applications are legion.


What Psychological First Aid Is Not

Let’s discuss what PFA it isn’t.

  • It isn’t counseling. It isn’t a self-assessment
  • It doesn’t require you to obtain details of the traumatic event, nor does it involve diagnosis or labels or complex interventions.
  • It’s not something only professionals can use. And it doesn’t require extensive training, special skills, or advanced degrees.  


Who Can Psychological First Aid Be Used On?

Psychological First Aid is designed to help anyone — kids, adults, parents, senior citizens, even entire communities that have suffered a traumatic incident, as well as first responders and volunteers.

It is also, by extension, remarkably effective for friends and family members dealing with every-day crises.

The goal of Psychological First Aid is to tend to these emotional wounds by providing safety, comfort, understanding, and hope. 


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