11 Jan 2024 - 18:30

Psychological First Aid is a supportive intervention for the immediate consequences after traumatic events. It is a modular, evidence-based approach designed to reduce initial emotional distress caused by potentially traumatic events and to promote long-term adaptive functioning and coping. First aid has basic pillars. They are: (1) are consistent with research evidence on risk and resilience after a critical event; (2) applicable and practical in first-line environments, in critical situations; (3) suitable for different levels of development throughout life; and (4) culturally adjusted, flexibly facilitated. Psychological First Aid does not assume that all individuals will develop serious mental health problems or difficulties with long-term recovery. It is based on the understanding that those who have been impacted by traumatic events may experience a wide range of early reactions (e.g., physical, psychological, behavioral). The support of those who have training and know how to adjust proactively, but with an awareness of the stopping points and with the aim of promoting recovery.



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