Building Resiliency and Coping Strategies
Psychological First Aid is a unique Red Cross program aimed at helping people build resiliency and learn to cope with daily and long-term stress, loss, grief and trauma. Thanks to funding from Bell Let’s Talk, the PFA program focuses on providing safety and care to people suffering from mental health issues using the Look, Listen, Live, Link model .
People who suffer from high stress levels, burnout and suicidal thoughts (and actions) are at an all-time high in areas such as workplaces, schools, indigenous communities and among professional responders. Supporting the emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing of communities is a top priority.
Training that helps learners build resiliency and develop coping strategies is an effective approach at improving outcomes for individuals and others in their care. By means of case-based learning and the application of the Look, Listen, Link and Live model, students focus on self-care, personal protection, and caring for others.
SOS First Aid delivers Psychological First Aid programming to adults and youth as young as 14.
What is a self-care plan? A self-care plan helps to identify day-to-day and cumulative stressors and the support systems one uses to cope in order to maintain balance and physical, mental, emotional health and well-being.
Who is PFA for? Any stressed or distressed person before, during or immediately after an event involving stress, grief, loss or trauma.
Why is a self-care plan important? It helps to build resiliency and prevent the effects of burnout and stress.
How will PFA help people care for others? A psychological first aider or helper learns to identify and prevent stress , learns techniques to be a supportive listener, a caring and present human being, and learns to help link those in need to specialized and non-specialized resources in the community.
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