Finding supportive community key to healthy trauma response

Whether it’s violence in a community, a natural disaster, or another life-altering event, crises can cause unsettling responses in people near and far from the situation.

As individuals process trauma, a full range of emotions can be expected over time. In the immediate aftermath, survivor’s guilt may impact those directly impacted, while anyone may experience grief or anger over loss of life, safety, and familiar routines. It also is common to feel anxiety of a similar event occurring again and vigilance against the potential threat, such as home robbery or damaging tornado.

Rosecrance experts note that the grieving process is different for each person, and that any emotion may be experienced. However, if a person is concerned that their daily life is being interrupted by traumatic responses, then it is appropriate to seek help from a supportive community or professional.

“When there is a traumatic event, it is important to return to a feeling of being connected to others,” said Rosecrance Director of Crisis Services Jason Relle, LCPC, in a recent episode of the “On Your Radar” podcast. “It’s good to talk about what happened together or with a therapist. You can be strong together as a community.”

Rosecrance therapists are available to walk with individuals who may be experiencing stress, anxiety, or traumatic responses to any life circumstance. Individualized treatment is available for short-term or long-term needs. If you or a loved one need help, please call the Rosecrance Access team at 888.928.5278.