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Emotional First Aid

Emotional First AidEmotional First Aid is a set of life skills used by lay citizens and emergency responders to provide the support a person who is emotionally shocked needs immediately following a crisis event.

How to Help the Emotionally Injured After Tragedy Strikes

Reach Out Physically

Reach Out Emotionally

Don't Overlook the Quiet Victims

Protect: Most major decisions can wait until the victim is thinking clearly. Protect the victim from making impulsive decisions.

Reassure: Many victims have an urgent need for information after a tragic event - "What happened?"; "Why?" Assist the victim in getting the information he needs. The victim may need an Information Advocate.

Organize: Victims are often paralyzed after a tragic event and often lose their capacity to deal with all the new demands created by the tragedy.  Assist the victim in developing a simple plan.  Suggest - Let's focus on what needs to be done now."

Summary: In the first few hours after a tragic event, the victim is often surrounded by people who have "a job to do" or who have opinions about what the victim should or shouldn't do. The  primary goal of the person providing Emotional First Aid is to enable the victim to act according to his wishes, values, and beliefs and not according to what others think should be done.