Journal article

Offering mental health first aid to a person after a potentially traumatic event: a Delphi study to redevelop the 2008 guidelines.

Kathryn J Chalmers, Anthony F Jorm, Claire M Kelly, Nicola J Reavley, Kathy S Bond, Fairlie A Cottrill, Judith Wright

BMC Psychology | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Trauma has a major impact on the mental health and wellbeing of people globally. Friends, family and members of the public are often well positioned to provide initial assistance if someone is experiencing extreme distress following a potentially traumatic event. Expert consensus guidelines for high income, Western countries on how to do this were published in 2008. The aim of the current study was to re-develop these guidelines to ensure they are current and reflect best practice. METHODS: The Delphi consensus method was used to determine which helping statements should be included in the guidelines. Helping statements were derived from a systematic search of literature that con..

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