Psychological First Aid (PFA) is the globally recommended training for supporting people during emergencies and offers guidance on delivering psychosocial care in the immediate aftermath of the emergency event.

Psychological First Aid is different from Mental Health First Aid because it has been developed specifically for use in disasters and emergencies.

Produced by Public Health England, and based on guidance from the World Health Organisation, on this course you will  explore the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and what you can do to help people cope.

The course is aimed at frontline or essential workers and volunteers dealing with the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. You do not have to be a specialist to deliver PFA. Many people in helping roles will already be delivering PFA without realising it.

Those who may benefit from this training include: health and social care staff, frontline staff working in housing and employment services, community leaders and groups, supervisors and managers supporting staff or volunteers. Those working with children and young people may benefit from more specific training, such as MindEd.

The PFA course is free and no previous qualifications are required. It takes around 90 minutes to complete and is also available in three sessions for the learner to complete at their own pace. By the end of the course, outcomes will include: understanding how emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic can affect us, recognising people who may be at increased risk of distress and understanding how to offer practical and emotional support. At the last part the course will cover supporting yourself and supporting others, such as colleagues. If you are interested you can find out more and register for the course here.