Psychological first aid: Guide for field workers
This guide covers psychological first aid which involves humane, supportive and practical help to fellow human beings suffering serious crisis events. It is written for people in a position to help others who have experienced an extremely distressing event.
It gives a framework for supporting people in ways that respect their dignity, culture and abilities.
Endorsed by many international agencies, the guide reflects the emerging science and international consensus on how to support people in the immediate aftermath of extremely stressful events
Building Back Better
Emergencies, in spite of their tragic nature and adverse effects on mental health, are unparalleled opportunities to build better mental health systems for all people in need. This WHO publication shows how this was done in 10 diverse emergency-affected areas.
This is important because mental health is crucial to the overall well-being, functioning, and resilience of individuals, societies, and countries recovering from emergencies.
WHO-recommended psychological first aid involves humane, supportive and practical help to people who are suffering after crisis events. This support should be provided to people in ways that respect their dignity, culture and abilities. It covers both social and psychological support.