PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID (PFA) TRAINING

Project PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID (PFA) TRAINING
Objectives

• Contribute to the development of positive mental health for the people of Nepal. • Increase knowledge on psychological trauma and disaster management. • Elevate awareness in recognizing signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). • Increase ways to reduce psychological stress and trauma through peer support.

Project Partners
Activities

• Conducted PFA training for 129 participants • Conducted 4 PFA training workshops in 4 locations

NO. OF BENEFICIARIES 129 beneficiaries

Locations Kathmandu, Nepal
Period May – July 2016
Accomplishments

• Conducted PFA training for 129 participants • Conducted 4 PFA training workshops in 4 locations

BACKGROUND

MERCY Malaysia started its emergency medical response on April 29, 2015 in Sankhu, Kathmandu post Lamjung’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake that claimed the lives of nearly 9,000 people and injured at least 22,000 people. A psychosocial team was deployed along with the Emergency Response Unit to provide psychosocial support to the aected community. As mental health and psychosocial support is becoming more mainstream during emergencies, MERCY Malaysia continues to provide psychosocial support long after the earthquake. The training targets teachers and caregivers as the frontliners to receive psychosocial training in order to help build the community’s capacity in addressing the mental health and psychosocial concerns.

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS/ ACTIVITIES

Psychological First Aid (PFA) training workshops were conducted from the month of May until July 2016 in Kathmandu city. The trainings were intended for the front liners such as teachers and caregivers in the city schools and orphanages. The objective of this project is to increase knowledge and raise awareness on the early signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. The training was designed to provide a peersupported network to reduce psychological impact among the population aected by disaster. In addition, the programs were localized by incorporating Nepali culture to produce a self-help program for children both in theoretical and practical way. In total, 129 individuals participated in this training across 4 locations in Kathmandu city.