Understanding mental health and trauma
A traumatic event is where something really bad happens to you.
These events might make you very frightened and upset at the time. These events could include:
A serious accident
A disaster like a fire or flood
Being beaten up, raped or sexually assaulted
Being threatened with a weapon
Being bullied or targeted
A friend of family member dying suddenly
Becoming very poorly
Trauma can impact on your mental health even if it happened a long time ago.
Trauma can make you feel down when you think about what happened
You might lose interest in your favourite things
Trauma can cause bad memories, dreams or flashbacks
You might feel worried about more bad things happening
You might stay away from places that remind you of what happened
Trauma might make you feel angry
This can lead to problems with your relationships
Lots of people feel guilty or ashamed about what happened
They might blame themselves even if it wasn’t their fault
You might feel like harming yourself
You might want to use alcohol or drugs.
Doing these things does not help you get better.
There are different treatments that help like Talking therapy, medication or support groups. Your worker will discuss these with you.
Trauma informed care
Our team wants to and help understand how your trauma affects your life now and use this to help you.
We will try and
• help you to feel safe
• help you cope with your feelings and problems
• understand about trauma and give advice about getting better
• get the right treatment
• use your strengths and think about the future.
Leaflet reference: L989E
Date last updated: 24 / 01 / 2018
Archive date: 24 / 01 / 2021