What is a Traumatic Event?
When the event, or series of events, causes a lot of stress, it is called a traumatic event. Traumatic events are marked by a sense of horror, helplessness, serious injury, or the threat of serious injury or death. Traumatic events affect survivors, rescue workers, and the friends and relatives of victims who have been involved. Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control
Children are very sensitive. They struggle to make sense of trauma. They also respond differently to traumas. They may have emotional reactions. They may hurt deeply. They may find it hard to recover from frightening experiences. They need support. Adult helpers can provide this support.
The National Institute of Mental Health has prepared a booklet to help adults help children and adolescents.
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope With Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do
Support for Individuals and Families
The effects of a disaster, terrorist attack, or other public health emergency can be long-lasting, and the resulting trauma can reverberate even with those not directly affected by the disaster. The CDC provides general strategies for promoting mental health and resilience.