The new Red Cross program called Psychological First Aid is aimed at helping people build resiliency and learn to cope with stress, loss, grief and trauma. Thanks to funding from Bell Let’s Talk, the PFA program focuses on providing first aid for mental health with respect to self-care and caring for others using the Look, Listen, Live, Link model . SOS First Aid delivers Psychological First Aid programming to youth as young as 14 and adults. This training is ideal for workplaces, schools, families and other organizations working with communities.
What is psychological first aid? PFA provides emotional and practical support to individuals, families, or communities who are having difficulty coping. It is about establishing a connection with people in a compassionate manner in order to bring calm and comfort.
Who is PFA for? Any distressed person before, during or immediately after a crisis event.
What is a self-care plan? A self-care plan identifies the support systems one uses to manage stress in order to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and well-being.
Why is a self-care plan important? It helps to 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 on how 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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