Talking about trauma - Guide to Everyday Conversations for the General Public

Talking about Trauma – Guide to Everyday Conversations for the General Public

This series of fact sheets are a ready reference guide to how to have safe conversations with someone you suspect of know has experienced trauma.

They include fact sheets for General Public which provides an overview. Additionally fact sheets have been developed for each of the following groups of people:

  • Family members (Download the fact sheet here
  • Friends (Download the fact sheet here)
  • Colleagues (Download the fact sheet here)
  • Someone you don’t know (Download the fact sheet here)

Also included is a fact sheet – Talking about Trauma – Applying trauma-informed principles (for General Public) to help you have trauma-informed conversations, all the time.


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“Blue Knot Foundation has a key role to play in the building of community capacity in care provision to those who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma in any environment.”

NIALL MULLIGAN Manager, Lifeline Northern Rivers

“I think Blue Knot Foundation is a fantastic support organisation for people who have experienced childhood trauma/abuse, for their families/close friends and for professionals who would like to learn how to more effectively work with these people.”

Psychologist Melbourne

“It's such a beautiful thing that you are doing. Helping people to get through this.”


“It was only last September when I discovered the Blue Knot Foundation website and I will never forget the feeling of support and empathy that I received when I finally made the first phone call to Blue Knot Helpline, which was also the first time I had ever spoken about my abuse.”


"At last there is some sound education and empathetic support for individuals and partners impacted by such gross boundary violations.”


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Email: admin@blueknot.org.au
PO Box 597 Milsons Point NSW 1565
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Phone: 1300 657 380
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