A traumatic event is something that threatens a person’s life or safety, or the lives of people around them. It’s an experience that is stressful and has a significant impact on your emotional state and subsequent life experiences. Very simply, a traumatic event can explode your beliefs about personal safety and leave a you with deep questions regarding your wellbeing, your future and control over your life.
Many trauma survivors have incredible resilience, however many struggle from day to day with their health, wellbeing, emotions, relationships, and sense of self and identity. Complex trauma affects not only its victims but those close to them – family, friends and the workplace as well as the children they go on to have.
Research has established that trauma is a major public health problem. Yet within current systems it is frequently unrecognised, unacknowledged, and unaddressed. Many of those affected have been inadvertently re-traumatised in systems of care lacking the requisite knowledge and training around the sensitivities, vulnerabilities and triggers of trauma survivors.