Helping Survivors: Early Interventions Following Disaster and Mass Violence
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Resource Type: Website or Webpage Article
Focus Population: People who have experienced Trauma
Topics: Crisis Response System, Mental Health Treatment, Peer Support, Psychiatric or Mental Health Stabilization, Trauma-informed
This page shares five elements that are related to better early- and mid-term recovery after disasters, including promoting a sense of psychological safety, promoting calming, and instilling hope. It also discusses Psychological First Aid (PFA), an evidence-informed, modular approach for helping disaster survivors, and explains how PFA can be used to reduce distress through eight core actions.