Psychological First Aid (PFA)

For supporters

Psychological First Aid (= PFA) is one of the psychological support methods that is provided by supporters in the acute phase of a disaster. In recent years, Psychological First Aid (PFA) has been recommended in various international guidelines for large-scale disasters.


The Japanese version of the Guide of Psychological First Aid (2nd edition), created by the PTSD Center in the U.S. in 2009, is now available for download from the website of the Hyogo Institute for Traumatic Stress. The guide shows the basic proper attitude of supporters for people in detail and is very useful in providing support in the early stages of a disaster.


You can see the guide at the following URL.


〇Website of the Hyogo Institute for Traumatic Stress

“Psychological First Aid Implementation Guide 2nd Edition”