CDB, PAHO to launch virtual course in psychological first aid

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will on Friday, 4 October, launch a virtual course in psychological first aid. The objective is to equip volunteers, first responders and people in the community with the initial response to individuals experiencing psychological distress after a crisis.

Psychological first aid is a humane, supportive response to a fellow human being who is in need of support that everyone trained can provide. The self-learning course will be available, free of cost, on PAHO’s Virtual Campus for Public Health at www.campusvirtualsp.org.

Disseminating the basic principles of psychological first aid is also at the core of the CDB/PAHO campaign “Stronger Together”, which will run until November 2019.

The campaign tackles the stigma associated with seeking mental health and psychosocial support and puts a special focus on vulnerable people, such as children and adolescents, women, senior citizens, and people with disabilities. Campaign materials can be found at www.paho.org/spccrb/strongertogether.