The first aider facing the psychological dimension of his activity
(1st part) The first aider’s work in psychological first aid with victims
During his rescue actions, the first aider is led to intervene urgently with victims in physical and/or psychological distress. Faced with an unexpected, unusual and potentially dangerous event, the victims will naturally respond with a stress reaction of varying intensity, sometimes reaching a state of crisis. In addition to mastering first aid gestures and techniques, the responder must also be able to provide psychological first aid.
(2nd part) Preservation of mental potential
In his activity, the first aider is subjected to a high mental load and is therefore not protected from psychological suffering. Sustained and repeated contact with different emotional constraints confronts him with certain psychological risks, in particular disorders related to stress, trauma or wear and tear and exhaustion. In order to limit the impact and harmful consequences for their health, they must be aware of these risks and be prepared for them.
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