Emotional or psychological trauma is a type of damage that is done to the mind following a distressing event. Traumatic events can have a severe impact on our mental health and recurring trauma can cause mental health issues.
A traumatic event is a situation which causes you emotional, psychological, spiritual or physical damage.
Examples of traumatic events include:
If someone experiences a traumatic event then they will need support and time to recover. People respond differently to trauma and even if they seem visibly fine they may be suffering from intense emotional distress. Immediately after the event they may be in shock and feel numb. Shock occurs as a method of protecting your body and mind from the emotional impact of the event. This means that initially you might not feel the intensity of your emotional reaction but it will come on later on.
We have collected some documents which outline dealing with trauma and give further information on resources provided.