Trauma

What Is Trauma?

Trauma is an emotional response to experiencing something deeply distressing or frightening. It is our brain’s way of telling us that we haven’t fully processed and learnt to manage our feelings about what happened.

Traumatic events can occur at any age and can cause long-lasting damage. The majority of us will experience at least one traumatic event in our lifetime but how we react to that trauma will differ depending on our coping abilities. Some people will notice the effects of trauma quickly, whilst others may not experience any symptoms for a long time after the event.

Going through further trauma can also remind us of past experiences, or can make existing problems worse. If you have been affected by trauma and are struggling to cope, we recommend that you contact one of the helplines listed below.

Note: the information provided in this module is not designed to diagnose you with symptoms of trauma but rather to demonstrate the consequences of unresolved trauma and to point you in the direction of relevant resources to help you if you are struggling right now.

Emergency Helplines

Samaritans

(24/7)

Call: 116 123

Website: samaritans.org

SupportLine

(Hours vary)

Call: 01708 765200

Website: supportline.org.uk 

Mind

(9am-6pm, Mon-Fri)

Call: 0300 123 3393

Website: mind.org.uk

Combat Stress

(24/7)

Call: 0800 1381 619

Website: combatstress.org.uk

NAPAC

(Hours vary)

Call: 0808 801 0331

Website: napac.org.uk

Victim Support

(24/7)

Call: 0808 168 9111

Website: victimsupport.org.uk

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Emergency Text Services

YoungMinds

(24/7)

Text ‘YM’ to 85258

Website: youngminds.org.uk

Shout

(24/7)

Text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258

Website: giveusashout.org