(painting by Robert Lobenwein)
It is humane, supportive response to a fellow human being who is suffering and who may need support.It is especially useful when there is a terrorist attack,or natural disasters.
PFA involves the following themes:
-providing practical care and support, which does not intrude;
- assessing needs and concerns;
-helping people to address basic needs (for example, food and water, information);
-listening to people, but not pressuring them to talk;
-comforting people and helping them to feel calm;
- helping people connect to information, services and social supports;
-protecting people from further harm.
PFA doesnot necessarily involving a discussion of the event that caused the distress,or any kind of psychological analysis.It is not a counselling or a psychiatric intervention.It is a psychosocial support,which can be provided by anyone,who have undergone a training of 12 hrs duration.
PFA involves factors that seem to be most helpful to people’s long-term recovery . These include:
- feeling safe, connected to others, calm and hopeful;
-having access to social, physical and emotional support;
-feeling able to help themselves, as individuals and communities.
World Mental health day on october 10.Theme:Diginity in Mental health:Psychological and mental Health First aid.