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what is trauma?

What is trauma, and how can you respond to trauma?

Trauma results from an event, series of events, or a set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening and has lasting adverse effects on the individuals functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being. 

The effects of trauma can severely impact individuals, causing depression, homelessness, school failure, difficulty managing emotions, illness, addictions, relationship problems, and suicide. Over generations, trauma can effect entire communities, leading to widespread feelings of hopelessness, lack of worth, and despair. 

There are many things that can be done to prevent the negative consequences of trauma. For example, by responding compassionately when someone talks about trauma can positively affect their health and well-being. People heal in different ways. Some people heal and find inner strength by connecting with others who have similar experiences, other people may choose to receive services from local organizations that help with trauma.