psychological first aid | a new series

Hello! My name’s Maggie, and you’re on Chickadee Lover Maggie. Welcome back to my blog! I typically write my posts in the mornings, but today’s different because I’m sick. I had to find something productive to do with my time, and introducing this new post series was just what I needed!

Recently, I was browsing college courses that are offered online, but nothing was really standing out to me. What I did find interesting was that different topics covered within those courses gave me great ideas for what I’d like to research for upcoming blog post series!

Blogging is a great way for me to organize what I’m learning, present it in a clear and concise way in my writing, then recall the information later when I need it.

So far on Chickadee Lover Maggie, I’ve researched the science of self-esteem and how we can strengthen ours in a four-part series. You can read the first installment here! Next, I’ll be turning to the first topic that really stood out to me on my online courses browsing session, which was: psychological first aid!

Psychological First Aid

“[a technique] designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster short- and long-term adaptive functioning and coping.” (source)

This term is used by various groups seeking to help disaster victims, veterans, and people involved in other traumatically stressful situations to be able to cope with and handle the challenges that will come up for them in the future.

When we hear the term “first aid,” we immediately think of meeting physical needs, such as having a first aid kit for dressing wounds and treating injuries. But if you think about Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, physiological needs only make up the base of the pyramid! The remaining four levels involve our psychological needs, such as love, belonging, strength, and respect.

What I’d like to learn through studying PFA is how to approach stressful situations in my own life. I want to know that I’m doing all that I can to keep others safe, protect myself, stay emotionally and mentally strong, and respond appropriately and efficiently.

While psychological first aid specifically focuses on helping those who have been through trauma, I really think that many of the response preparations outlined in PFA training is something we can also use for the struggles in everyday life!

Introducing this series has found me playing tug-of-war between two narratives.

On the one hand, I am enthusiastic about PFA since I desire to become better acquainted with the techniques and advice offered through these articles and courses.

On the other hand, I’m well aware of how deep and serious the topic of Psychological First Aid really is.

Helping those who have been through something traumatic is a serious business, and I don’t want to downplay the struggles of those affected by tragedy. In fact, I approach this topic with PTSD of my own, including a history of anxiety and overthinking.

My interest lies in my empathetic desire to help myself and others through the hard times.

I hope this comes across in my writing – my eagerness and excitement is rooted in my love for others… and myself. ❤

Thank you sooo much for reading! I’m really looking forward to diving more into this topic. It’ll be great to learn about psychological first aid, and I can’t wait to share what I find with you!

I’d love to hear from you in the comments (it’ll help me expand this series if you give me your ideas!):

What situations in your life would you benefit from being more prepared to respond to? Are you interested in learning more about PFA? Let’s chat in the comments!

3 Comments

  1. Omg…. PEA sounds awesome!!👏🏼 I can’t wait to read your lovely series on them!!😉 I’m sure it will be a big help to you and us, your readers, with our mental health!!😊 This post was already so informative and impressive!!🤗❤
    Love, Amy
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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