Benguet Red Cross holds stress debriefing for COVID-19 frontline workers
Benguet Red Cross holds stress debriefing for COVID-19 front line workers
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 8(PIA) – – The Philippine Red Cross – Benguet Chapter has rolled out a psychosocial intervention for frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19.
Called the Psychological First Aid for Front Liners Program, this is a commitment of the PRC to support the government in promoting the well-being of the front liners who are being exposed to different critical situations, PRC – Benguet Chapter Administrator Oscar Paris said.
The rationale behind this support program is that response personnel should have the required knowledge and skills to cope with stressful situations, take care of themselves and seek support when needed.
This helps front liners to be able to express what their immediate needs and concerns are, provide information that may help them cope effectively with the psychological impact of the COVID 19 pandemic, help calm their fears and anxieties especially of being infected with the disease, and share know-how in dealing with their emotional baggages, Paris explained.
The PRC-Benguet chapter initially carried out this program with police forces, barangay community volunteers, tanod, barangay health workers as well as members of the community in Tuba. They have also scheduled for Sablan, Itogon and in La Trinidad.
Paris shared that in the stress debriefing sessions, some frontliners are getting burnout already and they expect that they will still continue doing their added responsibilities even after the Enhanced Community Quarantine.
As to their experiences in the community, some residents are very rude and reluctant, some travellers and residents are stubborn especially the senior citizens.
Personal and family concerns also affect them.
Work-related concerns raised include the lack of personal protective equipment, need for more personnel from the Philippine National Police so they can also take more rest, better resting place and own barracks for those staying in private area; being blamed on the identification of Social Amelioration Program beneficiaries, and unclear guidelines during the initial stages of the ECQ.
Amid theses challenges, they appreciate the abundant food supply and support being provided by the government, private sector and even the community, resiliency of barangay officials, good relationship between the local government and PNP. They also developed caring and discipline positive outlook, and coping mechanisms.
For them, a pat on the back, appreciating their work, saying good remarks, or just simply waving or smiling would make their day, Paris said.
The program is being undertaken in coordination with and through the financial support of the Office of the Caretaker of the Provincial Government Eric Yap.
The Red Cross – Benguet Chapter also caters to remote psychological first aid for those directly affected by COVID-19, experiencing greater panic, fear and worry, and those in distress or who need support.
PRC-Benguet can be reached in the following mobile numbers: 09459748431/09216665326/0939908737/09993216183 from 8:00AM – 12NN and 1:00PM-5:00PM. (JDP/SCA-PIA CAR, Benguet)