©2019 by Erie Coalition for a Trauma Informed Community.
Erie County
Pennsylvania

TRAUMA DEFINED 

Trauma is when a person experiences an event or situation that upsets or overwhelms their ability to cope.

Formal definition: An event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual's functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being (SAMHSA)

TRAUMA is 

Trauma is a set of normal human responses to stressful and threatening experiences.

-National Center for PTSD

 

Trauma is a nearly universal experience.

84% of people have experienced at least one traumatic event. The impact of trauma reaches beyond the individual and impacts friends, family members, neighbors, co-worker, etc. 

 

TRAUMA IS A COMMUNITY ISSUE & NEEDS A COMMUNITY RESPONSE.

TRAUMA UNTREATED CAN IMPACT

Psychological, emotional, physical and behavioral health as well as the ability to learn, make and sustain meaningful relationships and even life potential. 

 

Erie County is rich in resources to help children and adults receive the support and services they may need to heal.

 

TRAUMA is not 

Trauma is not the same for everyone. What's traumatic to one person may not be traumatic to another.

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Not all who experience adversity will become traumatized.

Trauma is not a life-sentence. Like many injuries, people can and do heal from their trauma(s). Often, building resilience is developed through meaningful connection with others and intentional self-care.

TRAUMA

in our REGION

Trauma cuts across all racial, economic, gender, age and educational lines and reaches all zip codes.

Trauma in Erie County looks like:

Drug addiction, community violence, bullying, suicide, abuse, neglect, household dysfunction, domestic violence, physical accidents, experiencing the death of a loved one and even the chronic struggle to secure basic needs resulting in poverty or homelessness.

Healing & Growth

are best accomplished through a deliberate trauma-informed approach

that emphasizes safety, trustworthiness, voice & choice, collaboration, and empowerment of all people.

 Trauma-Informed means we

SEE MORE

for the people who live in Erie and for our community's future

YOUR
 
PERSPECTIVE
MATTERS

choose to see more when a person is struggling in life or experiences a difficult situation.

CHOOSE TO practice empathy