The unfortunate reality of the modern world is that it’s not a safe place. The risk of becoming a victim of crime, especially violent crime, continues to increase.
Whether at work – and especially if you happen to work in high-risk environments such as the NHS, schools or social care – or in the social environment (and, in particular, if you are a young person or a student at University), then you are increasingly at risk of being assaulted or becoming a victim of robbery or a sexual offence.
This only serves to illustrate how common anger, aggression and violence are in today’s society. In order to reduce the chances of you becoming a victim of crime or being involved in a potentially violent confrontation, you need to be prepared.
This is perhaps particularly well illustrated by the concept of ‘pre-mortem’, as it is known by neuro-scientists. When we encounter a threat, the body automatically activates the psychological and physiological response known as ‘fight-or-flight’ – also known as ‘stress.’ During this response, the brain activates the release of the hormone known as ‘cortisol’ which allows the heart rate to increase so that more oxygenated blood can be supplied to the muscles to assist ‘fight-or-flight’. However, one of the negative effects of the release of cortisol is that it can adversely cloud judgement and thinking.
A way to get round this is to ‘pre-mortem’ the possible outcomes of a potentially stressful situation so that we can plan our responses in advance and, therefore, stay calm by limiting the ‘clouding’ effects of cortisol release (you can read more about this by checking this blog post here – which also includes a fascinating TED talk by a leading neuro-scientist on this actual subject.)
Effectively, this ‘pre-mortem’ is the same as a risk assessment, where the risk itself is assessed and suitable control measures are put in place to mitigate or reduce that risk. In order to know what control measures to implement, its important to be forearmed with the correct knowledge so that you can easily understand and identify what is the correct response. As the old saying goes, ‘forewarned is forearmed!’
This is why training is essential. The good news is that you can undertake personal safety awareness learning straight away, training which will provide you with the know-how you need to start reducing the risk of you becoming a victim immediately.
The ‘Personal Safety Awareness’ online course by NFPS Ltd does exactly this. Created by a leading UK expert and writer on this subject – with 25 years plus experience in the field – this course is designed specifically to increase your awareness of everything you need to consider when aiming to stay safe in the uncertainty of the modern environment. This course is suitable for males and females of all ages, and is particularly ideal for young people who are attending University for the first time or taking a gap year to travel abroad.
The course includes the following:
– 11 videos on subjects such as handling aggression, safety in the home, safety when travelling, student safety, safety on a night out, simple self-defence tactics, the law regarding self-defence plus much, much more…
– A bonus video of personal safety tips for travellers.
– A 42 page e-book entitled ‘Your Safety in Your Hands’, which you can download to your tablet or e-book reader and have to-hand as a ready reference whenever you need it.
To find out about the huge benefits of this course now, click here.
Also, if you happen to be a teacher or lecturer and you’d like to teach your students about personal safety, you might also be pleased to know that NFPS are providing the full powerpoint of the course if you wish to present it as part of a teaching package (and you can also use the e-book for hand-outs!)
Not only that, you’ll also get MP3 versions of the videos should you want to listen to the lectures in your car or on your player.
All this for just £47 plus VAT (and if you’re not happy with the product, you can get a full refund – no questions asked!)