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 a framework for action that promotes safety and resources to people suffering as a result of life’s challenges or mental health issues.
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 (minimum age 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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