Do you know Red Cross? Most likely. It’s known globally to come by first administering physical First Aid to the wounded and traumatized on the spot.
Psychological First Aid resembles Red Cross Physical First Aid. Both is for emergency and prevention. Both teach on-the-spot procedures to avoid much suffering, even death.
When a person got bitten by a snake, for instance, instant Aid must be provided. It’s impossible to contact a doctor right away.
To prevent unnecessary emotional trauma leading to suicide, loved ones or friends need to know how to do basic psychological First Aid on the spot.
Then, you bring the person to a doctor or hospital for proper treatment.
The need for widespread training in on-the-scene Psychological (or emotional) First Aid is plainly evident all around us.
We see children being sexually, physically, or verbally abused by toxic parents.
We see marriages and families breaking up.
We see old people lonely, unwanted, sick, homeless.
We see the unemployed suffering severe anxiety and insecurity.
We see people in shock in disaster or war-torn areas.
We see the mentally ill in and out of institutions.
We see students or teenagers becoming disillusioned, self critical, contemplating suicide.
We see people or media “fooling our minds” every day, by misguiding, deceiving, tormenting, scaring, pampering, teasing.
The need is simply overwhelming.
Yet something can be done. During every emotional crisis or traumatic event. On the spot.
Know and learn about it … before things get too late.