If you have experienced childhood trauma, you can speak with a Blue Knot Helpline trauma counsellor including for support and applications around national redress

1300 657 380
Monday - Sunday
between 9am - 5pm AEST
or via email helpline@blueknot.org.au


Do you live with disability?  Have you experienced abuse, neglect, violence or exploitation?

For support for Disability Royal Commission or general support contact our National Counselling & Referral Service

1800 421 468
9am - 6pm AEST Mon- Fri
9am - 5pm AEST Sat, Sun & public holidays


Survivor Self-Care



Many survivors find it hard to manage their distress or soothe themselves. That’s because childhood trauma makes managing everyday stress difficult. The stress trauma causes is even harder and more regular.  This is because of the way trauma affects our body and mind. 

If we aren’t comforted and told its okay as children, we can look for other ways to calm ourselves down. Some of these can harm us e.g. hurting ourselves, using alcohol or drugs, acting out, being impulsive.  

The good news is that survivors can learn to tolerate their distress as adults. Survivors can also learn how to soothe themselves.   

When you’re feeling vulnerable or fragile the following suggestions can help you feel nurtured and less fragile. 

You might try

·         wrapping yourself up in a soft blanket

·         cuddling a soft toy or pillow

·         hugging and getting a hug from someone you love

·         warm bath

·         foot massage

·         crying

·         cup of hot chocolate

·         hugging a heat pack,

·         playing with the dog or cuddling the cat





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Health Direct


Head to Health


“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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Phone: 02 8920 3611
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Blue Knot Helpline
Phone: 1300 657 380
Email: helpline@blueknot.org.au 
Hours: Mon-Sun, 9am-5pm AEST

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