As-Salam-o-Alaikum Respected Readers,
Today we will share with you one new topic which is Psychological First Aid (PFA). When terrible things happen in our communities, we want to reach out a helping hand to those who are affected. Although everyone is affected in some way by these events, there are a wide range of reactions and feelings each person can have. Psychological first aid has been recommended by many international and national expert groups. PFA should be offered to people in severe distress after being recently exposed to a traumatic event.
What is Psychological First Aid?
Psychological first aid (PFA) describes a humane, supportive response to a fellow human being who is suffering and who may need support. PFA involves the following themes:
providing practical care and support, which does not intrude;
assessing needs and concerns;
helping people to address basic needs;
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 also involves factors that seem to be most helpful to people’s long-term recovery. PFA is for distressed people who have been recently exposed to a serious crisis event. You should not force help on people who do not want it, but make yourself easily available to those who may want support.
It is very important to act in ways that respect the safety, dignity and rights of the people you have decided to help. There is a lot to say on PFA and we will continue this service in better interest of our readers.
To Your Success,
Faisal Javed Mir