RAA, RHHD offering support for witnesses of traumatic events

This article originally appeared on 12onyourside.com

The Richmond Ambulance Authority and the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts are introducing “Bystander Support” cards to offer available resources to bystanders who have witnessed or experienced trauma.

RAA and RHHD understand not all wounds can be seen and bystanders can be impacted after witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event.

First responders have programs in place to help them after they’ve experienced a traumatic call, but often, bystanders who are not regularly exposed to trauma may be confused by what they’re experiencing or where to go for help.

According to RAA, those who continue to experience symptoms may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or simply may need to speak to someone to help put things into perspective.

A QR code on the back of the “Bystander Support” cards links bystanders to a list of resources compiled by RAA with the help of RHHD to help those who may need support following a traumatic event.

“Bystander Support” card
“Bystander Support” card (Richmond Ambulance Authority)

The cards will be available to RAA’s Supervisors, Paramedics, and EMTs and will be used to engage bystanders if possible and when appropriate.

2024-03-26T11:47:42-04:00March 22nd, 2024|
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