Apart from destruction and physical hurt, disasters and conflicts impact many victims psychologically. Emotional hurt is less visible than material losses but it often takes far longer to recover. Therefore, aside from emergency relief like food, healthcare, water and shelter, it is also imperative to provide psychosocial support. It can be adapted to suit situations and address the needs of the affected people to help them accept reality and cope with it. It helps victims of the disaster heal psychologically and change them into active survivors instead of passive victims. 

Early and adequate psychosocial support can:

  • prevent distress and suffering developing into something more severe
  • help people cope better and become reconciled to everyday life
  • help beneficiaries to resume their normal lives
  • meet community-identified needs

Learn about the roles and responsibilities of a psychosocial support provider, how to recognise the signs of trauma and provide much-needed comfort to others in times of distress.


Psychological First Aid Course $120 | 8hrs

To certify learners in the competencies to provide basic and human support to affected persons after a crisis or disaster. Participants can expect lectures, demonstrations, role-plays, paired and group activities, making use of interactive and participatory approach to better equip them as a Psychological First Aider. For those who wish to be equipped with psychological first aid skills, Certificate of Participation will be awarded.
Endorsed by the Danish Red Cross (DRC), Supported by the Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).


The above course is available on corporate demand. Other courses include:
- Basic Psychological First Aid
- Psychological First Aid Talk

*Customisation available for talks and workshops
*Minimum number of participants applies.

Reach us at academy@redcross.sg to find out more or speak to us at 6664 0563.