In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Today, EFPA calls upon all States and interested organizations to celebrate the 10th of December as Human Rights Day. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a fundamental document for the promotion of wellbeing of mankind. Human Rights are inalienable and their observance is a precondition for individual health and development as well as for societies worthy of human beings.
Suicide and suicidal behaviour remain one of the biggest public-health challenges of Europe and the World. Around 800.000 people die due to this cause of death yearly, which accounts for more deaths than war or terrorism.
EFPA, the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations urges all psychologists and their associations, to join the United Nations and to stand up for Human Rights! Psychologists can be the mediators between human rights, persons and policy makers in order for people to be able to enjoy their fundamental rights.
Psychological first aid can be provided everywhere and should be made available for all. When disaster impacts an individual or a community, psychological first aid is a tool for first responders alongside with life support and security interventions. Besides promoting wellbeing and adjustment, this intervention can prevent the onset of mental disorders and disruptive behaviours. Psychological first aid prevents chronic suffering and minimizes social impact of a disaster and so helps preserve the individual and community resilience.