Any environment where people live or work can present traumatic events that have a negative impact on individuals, both physically and psychologically. A traumatic event is defined as any incident that threatens the life or the physical or psychological integrity of an individual. The person or persons may be the target of the incident or merely have witnessed it.

When should you go for help?
Following a traumatic event, it is imperative to act quickly and effectively to reduce its impact on individuals. The individual’s reaction to trauma is usually a normal reaction to a situation which itself is not normal or usual. A good evaluation of the condition of the people involved provides a basis for distinguishing between minor or normal reactions and those that require clinical attention.

What interventions are available following a critical and/or traumatic event?