Psychological First Aid is about taking care of yourself – your thoughts, feelings and emotions – and then being there for family and friends when they are having difficulty coping.  

Learn how to anticipate stress whenever possible and equip yourself with the skillset to practice self-care and to provide care for others during times of stress, crisis or trauma 

Note: Unlike mental health first aid, which trains people to help someone during a mental health emergency, Red Cross Psychological First Aid teaches you how to build up resiliency to stress and establish coping strategies.    


SELF-CARE AND CARING FOR OTHERS 

Two Psychological First Aid courses are available online to learn at your own pace: Self-Care and Caring for Others. Complete both the Self-Care and Caring for Others courses for a well-rounded approach to psychological first aid and wellness.  

 

IN THESE COURSES YOU’LL LEARN: 

  • How to anticipate stress and crisis whenever possible. 
  • The effects of stress, loss, trauma, and grief. 
  • How to build and use a personal self-care plan. 
  • The skillset to practice self-care and to provide care for others during difficult times. 
  • How to access the various specialized supports that are available to anyone experiencing distress.  

 

These courses are for:  

  • Anyone interested in self-care practices that promote psychological wellbeing, including professional responders, people in the workplace, and youth (must be 14 years of age and older, adult support recommended for younger audiences).  

 

At the end of these courses, you will complete a knowledge evaluation and receive an electronic certificate of completion.  

 

ONLINE LEARNING FORMAT: SELF-DIRECTED 

Self-directed: Learn at your own pace by working through the training materials independently online. Duration: approximately 90 minutes per course, depending on the individual. 

TRAINING WITH THE CANADIAN RED CROSS

The Canadian Red Cross is a national expert in Prevention and Safety education, training more than 1.8-million Canadians each year.