Defining Emotional First Aid

We start the journey by defining one of the most important concepts in crisis care, emotional first aid. You will learn how to respond after a crisis event and to help someone take the next steps to find hope and healing in the process.

  1. Aftermath of large scale event
    • Clean up Process
    • How Do You Cope
    • Prioritize the Thinking Process
    • Psychological Truths That Give You Hope for Tomorrow
      • Give them opportunities to talk without judgment
      • Support and provide a path back to hope

What is emotional first aid?  Have you ever taken a CPR course? Most people have. But if you ask how many people have actually performed CPR in an emergency situation, the number is very few. Now think about emotional first-aid. Can you imagine how many people that you could help by just having the tools needed to respond to those that are in crisis? What we’re trying to do is prevent a secondary crisis.  So the event takes place. Your child’s in a car accident.You go to the emergency room. There are people running all over there, trying to save the life of your child. But what happens next? You’re pushed to the side. So they’re doing the life-saving event. You spin out of control.  Wouldn’t it be great to have that person that walks alongside of you, comes in it, says, “Everything else is taken care of. Your other daughter’s been picked up from school, all’s good. I’m here to help you.” Providing that emotional first-aid prevents a secondary injury which can magnify the experience of your current crisis.

So emotional first-aid comes into play when you come into the aftermath of a catastrophic, large-scale event and walk alongside those people to help them. What do we look for? Where do you do with insurance? How do I cope? What’s the cleanup process? All of those things are overwhelming when you first walk in. But when you have someone that’s trained, and they walk alongside of you, they take notes, they prioritize, they keep you thinking in the right process.  That person is the one that’s going to be your support system. It’s going to help you stay balanced and focused, and be able to help you get the answers you need so that you can take care of your child that’s your primary concern. That’s emotional first-aid. When that walks alongside you to keep you balanced, to give you hope. That’s the whole idea. Coming up with psychological methods along with God’s Word that’ll give them hope for a better tomorrow. You see when we walk alongside people and we give them the opportunity to express their emotions in a safe place where we’re not judging, where we’re not coming up with things you should do, advising, but we’re just there… we call the ministry of presence. That is your safest, your most loving gift that you can give someone that is in crisis. You’re the one that’s there to support them and provide them with a path back to hope.