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Public Health England launched a Psychological First Aid (PFA) digital training module that teaches you to give practical and emotional support to individuals who are affected by COVID-19. Although not specific for people who use drugs, the course aims to increase awareness and confidence of all frontline workers to provide psychosocial support to people distressed by COVID-19.

Get psychological first aid (PFA) training and help people with different needs to cope with the emotional impact of COVID-19.

The course is free, and no previous qualifications are required. It takes around 90 minutes to complete and is also available in three sessions for the learner to complete at their own pace. By the end of the course, outcomes will include: understanding how emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic can affect us, recognising people who may be at increased risk of distress and understanding how to offer practical and emotional support.

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is the globally recommended training for supporting people during emergencies and offers guidance on delivering psychosocial care in the immediate aftermath of the emergency event.

On this course, you’ll explore the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and what you can do to help people cope. The course will teach you the key principles of giving psychological first aid in emergencies.

This course has been produced by Public Health England and is based on international guidance from the World Health Organisation, United Nations and partners.

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Psychological First Aid (PFA) digital training module

Public Health England
Wellington House
133-155 Waterloo Road
United Kingdom

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