Reaching out a helping hand during Ebola: Adaptation of the Psychological First Aid guide

The crisis events of 2014, from ongoing and new conflicts to the Ebola virus disease outbreak, seemed like an overwhelming amount of ‘terrible’ for one year. These events stretched the resources, stamina and hope of the humanitarian responder community. There was certainly, unfortunately, much need for Psychological First Aid (PFA). Despair and desperation are apt words to describe the impact of the Ebola crisis, for both responders and those affected. Fear, both rational and irrational, seemed to be at the root of the spread of the disease through mistrust, rumours, anger and alienation of those most in need of a helping hand.

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