What is Critical Incident Stress?
Stress is a normal reaction that helps us function at our best. Sailors may, at times, be involved in incidents that put strain on their normal ability to cope. In any incident, the individual’s reaction to the event is what makes the event critical, not the size or type of incident. Even people not at the scene, such as race officials, boat owners, familty and friends may experience reactions if they have a close involvement with the issue or the participants.
Click here for more information, including:
- Common stress reactions
- Why do these reactions occur?
- How long will reactions last?
- Are you coping?
- How can others help?
- Contacts for Further Assistance via ORCV
Acknowledgement of source information provided by Bush Search and Rescue and the St.Gwinear Ski Patrol combined Peer Support Group
Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
The Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (ACPMH) at the University of Melbourne undertakes world class trauma related research, policy advice, service development and education.
The following Fact Sheets are available on the ACPMH website.
- Trauma: first response and recovery (PDF)
- Helping a friend or family member after a traumatic event (PDF)
- Helping yourself after a traumatic event (PDF)
For further information http://www.acpmh.unimelb.edu.au/