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The Essentials: The Prevalence of Trauma in the Population

Explore the widespread impact of trauma on individuals within the population and the societal implications.

The Prevalence of Trauma in the Population

Trauma is a common experience that affects a significant portion of the population. Most people have had some form of trauma in their lives, frequently during childhood. Whether it be a single traumatic event or ongoing exposure to distressing situations, the impact of trauma can be far-reaching.

The prevalence of trauma in our population highlights the importance of understanding its effects and providing support for those who have experienced it. By acknowledging the widespread nature of trauma, we can work towards creating a more compassionate and empathetic society.

"Then we we found trauma. That's when we really discovered that trauma is everywhere. There are different kinds of traumas, but that it is everywhere." - Dr. S.L.Bloom, Chair of Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice

Understanding Trauma and Triggers

In order to become trauma-aware, it is essential to have a clear understanding of what trauma is and how it can manifest in individuals. Trauma refers to the emotional and psychological response to a distressing event or a series of events. It can have long-lasting effects on a person's mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

Triggers are stimuli that remind individuals of their traumatic experiences, causing them to re-experience the emotional and physical responses associated with the initial trauma. These triggers can vary from person to person and can be as diverse as sights, sounds, smells, or particular situations. For example, being near a police officer in uniform.

By understanding trauma and triggers, we can create environments that are more supportive and less likely to re-traumatize individuals.

Recognizing the Effects of Trauma in the Workplace

Trauma can significantly impact individuals in their professional lives. The effects of trauma may manifest in various ways, such as difficulties with concentration, memory problems, increased anxiety, and emotional dysregulation.

Recognizing these effects is crucial for employers and colleagues to provide a safe and supportive work environment. By understanding the signs of trauma, organizations can implement strategies to accommodate and assist individuals who have experienced trauma. 

Moreover, with the demonstrated prevalence of trauma in the population, the creation of trauma-informed workplaces serves the majority of people within the system, which amplifies the whole organizations capacity, not to mention the retention of valued workers. 

Coping Mechanisms and Support Systems

Coping mechanisms play a vital role in helping individuals manage the effects of trauma. These mechanisms can vary from person to person, including therapy, support groups, exercise, mindfulness practices, and engaging in creative outlets. Creative expression is neurobiologically demonstrated to support brain wellbeing and trauma integration and recovery. 

Having a solid support system is also essential for individuals who have experienced trauma. Supportive friends, family members, or professional networks can provide a sense of safety, understanding, and validation crucial for healing and recovery.

The Impact of Untreated Trauma

If trauma is left untreated, it can have severe consequences for individuals and society as a whole. Untreated trauma can lead to the development of mental health issues, substance abuse issues, relationship problems, and difficulties in various areas of life.

By acknowledging, addressing and treating trauma, we can mitigate the long-term impact it has on individuals and create a healthier and more resilient population.

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Reach out for more information and join us in developing trauma-informed workplace practices. Understand how creating trauma-informed environments can lead to more supportive workplaces and communities.



Chavisa Horemans, MES, CDC, CTRC

Workers experiencing trauma are a part of our workforce, and, as such, trauma impacts workplaces.

As a Trauma-Informed Consultant, I support professionals in enhancing their communication and leadership skills. I work with individuals and organizations to create empathetic, compassionate, and effective workplaces through a trauma-informed lens.

With a master's degree in social sciences and a graduate diploma in adult education, I bring a deep understanding of the complexities involved in emotionally, mentally, financially, and spiritually draining situations. My services are evidence-based.

My expertise extends to Divorce Coaching and Trauma Recovery certifications, allowing me to deliver tailored, holistic, and comprehensive solutions to my clients. I draw from seven years of experience working with people going through traumatic, high-conflict divorces and helping individuals overcome gender-based violence and hidden abuse, providing a safe and empowering space to heal and recover from trauma.

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