SAN DIEGO, Sept. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Emergencies and natural disasters can have profound psychological effects on people – whether personally impacted or emotionally moved by images seen on TV or online. That's why today, during National Preparedness Month, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists released the "Psychological First Aid" public service announcement video to raise awareness of the importance of psychological well being during an emergency or natural disaster. The "Psychological First Aid" video is posted on YouTube.
"In an emergency or natural disaster our first concern is physical survival, but we often overlook our psychological well being," said Victoria Campbell, LMFT and CAMFT Board member. "Your psychological response is key to making it through an emergency, both short-term and long-term."
Just as you might prepare for the physical aspects of an emergency by making an emergency plan, keeping an emergency supply kit ready or taking a first aid course, Californians can also prepare mentally by taking a psychological first aid course.
CAMFT suggests these important steps to help mentally prepare for and respond during an emergency:
- Prepare – Consider taking a first aid, CPR or Psychological First Aid course through your local chapter of the American Red Cross.
- Connect – Know your neighbors beforehand and discuss how to watch out and support each other. And discuss with your family how you will meet up if you are separated during an emergency.
- Think positively – Make the best in an emergency situation. This is critical for a healthy outcome.
- Cope – Most emergencies are often temporary, so be flexible, resourceful, patient, informed and follow instructions. It can make all the difference.
If you're having difficulty following an emergency and you feel you might benefit from speaking directly with a mental health professional, visit www.counselingcalifornia.com to find a therapist near you.
About the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) is a professional organization dedicated to the advancement of the state's licensed and prelicensed Marriage and Family Therapists and the common interests of more than 30,000 members. CAMFT provides CounselingCalifornia.com as a free resource for individuals looking for Marriage and Family Therapists located in California. Marriage and Family Therapists treat a comprehensive range of issues including depression, anxiety, phobias/fears, elder and child issues, relationship issues, post-traumatic stress, and severe mental illness. For more information, visit www.camft.org or www.counselingcalifornia.com.
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SOURCE California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists