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Psychological First Aid


About this course

This course is designed for journalists and members of the media to help them identify and accept the reactions, emotions and feelings that are experienced in extreme situations and emergencies. The knowledge acquired in this course can also be used to help others.

The course will explore how crisis situations are experienced and what we can do to help colleagues undergoing such situations and ensure their safety.

Take this course if you want to learn how to help those who need psychological support and to know what tools you should use to safeguard your own mental health in situations so requiring.

About Totem

Totem is an online platform that offers interactive courses to learn how to increase digital security and privacy. The optimal user experience is currently on your desktop computer. The aim is to support journalists, human rights defenders, and activists so they can more effectively use privacy tools and tactics in their work.

Join today and learn how to protect yourself and perform your work under safer conditions.

What will you learn in this course?

By the end of this course, you will:
  • Understand how psychological and emotional crises caused by stressful situations affect us and others;
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of an emotional crisis;
  • Identify areas in your own experience, characteristics and relationships that may increase your resilience;
  • Know how to act in different emotional crisis scenarios;
  • Be able to use different tools to help others through psychological and emotional crises.


The Totem platform has many great courses that you can follow to ensure that you increase your digital safety, security, and privacy.  We recommend first taking the courses: “Psychological preparation before and after covering a news story” and “Taking care of your mental health”.

This course takes around 60 minutes to complete.

Latest update

This course was last updated in: August 2022


The content was created with the help of experts, trainers and online education experts. This course was developed by Vinland Solutions as part of the CAPIR Consortium for journalists in Latin America. IWPR coordinated this initiative together with the Totem platform, and Media Development Collective, specialists in online education.