Even when we haven’t experienced trauma directly it can still affect us in all sorts of ways. This is especially true when a person close to us is affected by their trauma, and we’re trying to understand and support them. Doing so can be confronting, confusing and exhausting, and it’s important to look after ourselves in the process. Yet it can also be inspiring and life changing, as we witness their strengths and resilience.
If someone you know has experienced trauma it can help to learn more. This includes the ways trauma can affect people and how people survive and heal. On this website you will find a lot of useful information, including fact sheets, videos, survivor stories and lots of other information, we hope will help.
If you’re finding it difficult to start or respond to a conversation with someone about trauma, you might find our Talking about Trauma – Guide to Everyday Conversations for the General Public helpful This guide includes sections for family members, friends and colleagues, as well for speaking with people you don’t know so well.
We also welcome your calls to our Helpline (1300 657 380) where our trauma counsellors can listen, provide you with important information and support.
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