Have you heard of emotional CPR?
Emotional CPR (eCPR) is a public health education program designed to teach anyone to assist others (and themselves!) through emotional distress or an emotional crisis through: C = Connecting, P = emPowering, and R = Revitalizing. The certification training engages your heart and mind in an experiential and unfolding process that includes embracing mutual support. In over a decade of providing eCPR training throughout the world, the participants consistently reported that eCPR helps them become better listeners and supporters. It changes our perception of ourselves and the world around us. It also teaches us how to tap into our well of compassion and enhance our relationships.
Is there evidence that emotional CPR works?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, eCPR has been found to be helpful in countering the traumas of isolation and helplessness. Emotional CPR has been in person, yet moved online in 2020 with positive outcomes. Through a research study,* pre-and post-surveys were given to over 500 individuals, including peer support specialists, service users, clinicians, family members, and nonprofit leaders, who participated in virtual eCPR trainings between April 20, 2020, and July 31, 2020. The research showed promising evidence that eCPR, a peer-developed and peer-delivered program, may increase feelings of belonging while increasing supportive behaviors toward individuals with mental health struggles and improving clinical outcomes related to positive and negative affect and feelings of loneliness.
Some key research findings:
- Statistically significant pre-post improvements were found related to one’s ability to identify emotions, support others in distress, communicate non verbally, share emotions, and take care of oneself
- Statistically significant pre-post improvement in one’s feeling of social connectedness, self-perceived flourishing, and positive affect
- Nonprofit leaders and workers demonstrated the greatest improvements related to loneliness, social connectedness, empathic listening, and flourishing.
- Peer support specialists demonstrated the greatest improvements related to positive affect.
- Clinicians demonstrated the greatest improvements related to mindfulness awareness.