Understanding Trauma

Here are some quick facts to help you understand trauma. 

Almost 12% of Australians will experience PTSD in their lifetime — that's 29 MCGs worth of people.[1]
  • Many people experience some form of trauma throughout their lives.

  • Traumatic events occur in many forms, from accident or abuse to war or natural disaster, and they don't need to have happened to you directly to be upsetting.

  • People can feel ashamed or guilty about having experienced trauma.

  • Following trauma, people can develop mental health problems. When this happens it is not their fault, and it does not mean they are crazy or weak.

  • Recovery from the impact of trauma is always possible, whether your traumatic experience occurred once or several times over, or whether it was yesterday or forty years ago.

Watch this video to learn more.

[1] Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2008). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007. Cat. no. (4326.0). Canberra: ABS.