If your well-being has significantly changed as a result of experiencing a critical incident, you may benefit from the support of our expert Critical Incident Stress Intervention and Support (CrISIS) facilitators.
A critical incident is an incident with the potential to overwhelm an individual’s usual ability to cope.
From a person-centred point of view, it is the subjective reaction that determines the impact and not the event itself; how individuals label, assign meanings to, or are disrupted physically and psychologically by an event will contribute to whether it is experienced as a ‘critical’.
Example of critical incidents that may be experienced during day-to-day life include, but aren’t limited to:
Sudden relationship closure
Serious breach of trust
Road traffic collision
Childhood sexual exploitation
Near miss/close calls
Significant business failure/financial loss
If you have or are serving within the emergency services or armed forces, critical incidents you may encounter include but aren’t limited to:
Death of a colleague
Death of a child
Failed rescue operation
Involvement in a series of critical incidents over a short period of time
Incidents which have a personal connection (e.g. victim known)
A murder scene, suicide or witnessing of a violent crime
Incidents involving operational difficulties (e.g. flashover, near misses or firearms discharge)
Incidents which have heightened media attention or public response
Incidents involving people suffering from abuse and/or neglect