Community-based psychological support – Module 2: Stress and coping

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Stress represents a central theme in Red Cross – Red Crescent activities and volunteers are generally better equipped to handle their job both for the benefit of people affected and themselves if they understand the basic components of stress and coping. Disaster relief and other emergency assistance services, like first aid, ambulance service and search and rescue activities, commonly encounter situations with very high stress. Other services that may prove equally stressful are social or psychological services designed to help people in need, such as services for street children, orphans, famine victims, people living with HIV/AIDS, etc.

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