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Trauma is a Health Crisis
This video alongside research and evidence, supports severe trauma is not a rarity, but an epidemic affecting the physical and mental health of many. So, society needs to start treating it as such. What if trauma was addressed as part of health care? What if trauma was screened for regularly during check ups and mental health appointments? The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) test could become a vital part of community resources.
Statistics support that trauma has long lasting affects on survivors’ mental and physical health. It affects the way our brains and bodies work. Adverse experiences also put survivors at higher risk for heart attacks, cancer, depression, immune deficiencies, and more. In addition, it is probable that many survivors, both children and adults, are diagnosed with physical and mental health conditions that are unknowingly rooted in past traumatic experiences. Therefore, many people are not receiving the comprehensive treatment they need, one that includes trauma specific services. Trauma, mental health, and physical health, are not independent of one another as many believe. They constantly affect one another and treatment should be reflective of this.
What is Your ACE score?
Take this short quiz on the Stop Abuse Campaign website to learn your ACE score:
Acknowledging trauma as a social issue, an epidemic, a crisis, starts with acknowledging our own adverse experiences. We can also acknowledge other people’s trauma. It’s uncomfortable to talk about our trauma and can be uncomfortable to hear the pain others have experienced. However, speaking up can be essential to healing. Even more, conversations surrounding trauma need to happen if things are going to change.
6 Ways We Can Get Involved in the Trauma Movement
- Acknowledge our own trauma
- Share our experiences
- Start conversations surrounding trauma
- Break the silence and end the stigma that often surrounds topics such as abuse, neglect, domestic violence, mental health, substance use, and incarceration
- Educate ourselves and others about the commonality and affects of trauma
- Advocate for comprehensive care that includes trauma specific services