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Trauma


There are times when unfortunate events happen in our lives. This page provides tips and resources for trauma response, recovery, and ongoing emotional and wellness support.

What is Trauma
Trauma results from an event, series of events or set of circumstances experienced by an individual that is considered physically or emotionally harmful or threatening. This can cause lasting negative effects on how an individual functions and on their physical, social, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. According to  the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, some of the events that cause trauma include, but are not limited to:

  • Community violence
  • Serious illness
  • Natural disasters
  • A sudden loss
  • Societal exploitation

After a traumatic event, some people experience reactions that include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Feelings of sadness, anger, and guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating, poor problem-solving abilities, and a preoccupation with the event
  • Weakness, nausea, diminished appetite, and trouble sleeping
  • Loss of meaning and apathy, feelings of denial
  • Restlessness and agitation

These are normal reactions to stressful events.  We all have the ability to overcome difficult situations, and there are many resources to help guide you through. 


For more information on the impact of violence, read Prevent Violence for Better Public Health by our partners at the Urban Networks to Increase Thriving Youth (UNITY).

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