Psychological First Aid Resources (WHO)

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 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.

Psychological First Aid: Facilitator's Manual for Orienting Field Workers

Psychological First Aid During Ebola Virus Disease Outbreaks

Facilitation Manual: Psychological First Aid During Ebola Virus Disease Outbreaks

Caring for Volunteers (IFRC, Psychosocial Reference Centre)

Caring for Volunteers: A Psychosocial Support Toolkit

Lay Counseling (IFRC, Psychosocial Reference Centre)

Lay Counseling:  A Trainer's Manual

Book Chapters

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).