Introduction
  • Psychological First Aid (PFA) is being used by CMU's Crisis Response Team.
  • PFA's core principles can be helpful in responding to emergencies, crises, and disasters that affect individuals, groups, and communities during and in the aftermath of a situation. 
  • One does not need to be a mental health professional to provide PFA. One needs to be trained.
  • Take Away Points - PFA actions are designed to promote:
    • Safety (physical and emotional)
    • Calm and comfort (a calm and caring presence helps)
    • Connectedness (to friends, family, natural supports, professionals if needed)
    • Self-empowerment (ask people what they need)​