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.

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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.

For further information http://www.acpmh.unimelb.edu.au/