Who is the guide for?
This guide has been written for anyone supporting people who experienced traumatic events, and is designed to accompany training offered by the All Wales Traumatic Stress Quality Improvement Initiative.
Groups of people who are particularly likely to have experienced traumatic events include survivors of physical or sexual violence, refugees and asylum seekers, and other people seeking sanctuary such as trafficked women.
This guide has been designed to help you feel more confident about helping people who have been affected by traumatic events. It is not designed as an alternative to professional support.
What are traumatic events?
People who have experienced these traumatic events may not have any psychological difficulties. However, many people experience difficulties such as anxiety and low mood following traumatic events.
Included in this guide:
- What are traumatic events?
- What are PTSD and Complex PTSD?
- Working with people who have experienced traumatic events.
- Helping people who feel scared and jumpy.
- Helping people with flashbacks and strong memories.
- Helping people with sleep problems and nightmares.
- Helping people who are feeling numb and dissociative
- Helping people who feel easily upset and angry.
- Helping people who have difficulties trusting and getting close to people
- Helping people who are feeling depressed.
- Barriers to accessing health and welfare support
You can download the guide from the National Centre for Mental Health: Supporting People Who Have Experienced Traumatic Events (PDF)