Psychological First Aid for Young Peers

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How can I support a peer or a friend? What should I do and say? What should I not say? Many young people grapple with such questions when someone is in distress. It is natural for young people to handle the challenging developmental tasks that are part of being an adolescent.

Psychological first aid is a structured way of supporting someone who needs help. It involves caring about a person in difficulty, paying attention to their reactions and how they feel, listening to them, and if needed, providing practical help. Psychological first aid is also about accompaniment; it helps make a young person in difficulty feel that there is someone who can support them.

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