Words of Encouragement: The Benefits of Verbal First Aid for Crisis Victims

Sirens in AustraliaIf you ever find yourself witnessing a car accident in Sydney, call 000 and stay with the victim until professional help arrives. If you have undergone first aid training, administer both physical and verbal first aid. Australia Wide First Aid emphasises that when it comes to verbal first aid, consider the victim's ‘fight or flight’ response and then integrate the self-healing system and the powerful belief system.

During Prehistoric Times

In ancient times, fight or flight was how everyone reacted to perceived threat. These days, thsi response can cause more harm. While trusting your intuition is good, fight or flight may result to irrational actions. 

When fight or flight is triggerd, the patient is at an extremely vulnerable condition where they cannot impose personal judgement. This is why the words they hear around them can weigh deeply on their emotions as every emotion blocks the physical response.

The Core of Verbal First Aid

Thoughts provoke physical manifestations. Studies reveal that the link between the mind and body demonstrate that words can inspire instinctive nervous system activities, such as breathing and heart rate.

In 1990, the University of Kansas professor M. Eric Wright first discovered verbal first aid when he conducted a test on two sets of emergency medical technicians. He told the control group to continue normal emergency response procedures, but he told the other group to provide more words of encouragement to their patients.

The study proved that the group who reassured their patients stayed admitted in a hospital for a shorter period and they experienced less mortality rate. This just goes to show how important verbal first aid is in the healing process.