Trauma and Distress

Psychological trauma is better recognised now than it was in the past. We are all different, and cope differently with events but we can support one another and this really helps. 

Here we look at top tips from our international panel of experts to help mitigate the risks from experiences of distressing events. 

First remember: sleep, eat, turn off, seek social support, keep daily rhythms.

If stress begins to feel overwhelming seek support

If you start feeling in crisis, pause however briefly

After the immediate crisis decompress. Don’t Psychologically Debrief

Avoid one-off psychological debriefing sessions. They have been found to be unhelpful

Spread and accept hope. This will pass

Adhere to assessment and treatment protocols

Difficult decisions

Looking after yourself in PPE

Take regular breaks

Beware of burning out - look out for the signs

Support yourself with helpful self-talk

Use strategies that work for you – they can help reduce stress

Family, friends and colleagues can be valuable resources

For later

References and resources

Some of these tips may help you outside work for family and friends as well.

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