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Second Edition of Psychological First Aid Guide Released

1/4/2007:   Knowing first aid techniques can save lives should disaster strike and children and families in danger need your help. But first aid is not just about knowing how to clear airways and give chest compressions. Administering psychological first aid is also critical for addressing mental health needs.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), in collaboration with the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, has recently released the second edition of the Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide, available on the NCTSN website under "New Resources."

According to NCTSN, Psychological First Aid is "an evidence-informed post-disaster acute intervention for children, adolescents, adults, and families to reduce initial distress and promote adaptive functioning." The guide, NCTSN states, "is supported by many disaster mental health experts as the acute intervention of choice for those affected by mass disasters."

The latest edition of the Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide includes new sections on supporting survivors whose loved ones are missing, helping those who have suffered the death of a loved one, helping parents talk to children about death and attending funerals, and working with the elderly and disabled, as well as very young children. A web-based survey and feedback from hundreds of individuals who downloaded and used the earlier version of the guide contributed to its revision.

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