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