Psychological First Aid Resources (WHO)
This guide covers psychological first aid which involves humane, supportive and practical help to fellow human beings suffering serious crisis events. It is a framework to support 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. Available in various languages on WHO website.
Caring for Volunteers (IFRC, Psychosocial Reference Centre)
Lay Counseling (IFRC, Psychosocial Reference Centre)
Snider, L, Chehil, S, Walker, D. “Psychological First Aid.” Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Disaster Situations in the Caribbean: Core Knowledge for Emergency Preparedness and Response. Pan American Health Organization/WHO: Washington, D.C. (2012).
Snider, L, Hoffman, Y, Littrell, M, Fry, W and Thornburgh, M. “Supporting Children Post-Katrina: Reflections on Psychosocial Interventions and Guiding Principles.” Meeting the Needs of Children, Families and Communities Post-Disaster: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina and Its Aftermath. (Editors: R. Kilmer, V. Gil-Rivas, R. Tedeschi and L. Calhoun.) American Psychiatric Association Press: Washington, D.C. (2009).