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Psychological First Aid: Supporting Children and Young People

UK Health Security Agency

5 mins

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Mental health experts teach psychological first aid – or PFA – techniques that anyone can use to help support children and families during emergencies.


Psychological First Aid: Supporting Children and Young People

Psychological First Aid: Supporting Children and Young People

by UK Health Security Agency


Crises like natural disasters and domestic emergencies affect people around the world on a daily basis. Children and young people may need special care to cope with these experiences, especially if they occur at crucial points in their development. Psychological first aid can help children and families deal with difficult situations and connect them to support services.

The UK Health Security Agency provides scientific and operational guidance on a local and global level to help individuals and organizations respond to health threats. Mental and public health experts from the agency explain how best to care for children's and families' psychological wellbeing after an emergency.

This course outlines the basic skills anyone can use to identify children in distress, help them feel supported, and connect them with further social services. You'll learn how to act with empathy and respect to help people help themselves.

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Anyone can benefit from a PFA approach. PFA supports skills in talking to someone to provide emotional and practical support.

- UK Health Security Agency

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