Any person can experience trauma.
In fact, it is experienced by a larger and more diverse group of people than first thought, and can lead to a range of symptoms which are a normal reaction to dangerous and distressing experiences. Trauma can impact on an individual’s physical and mental health and general wellbeing. It may influence lifestyle choices which may lead to further harm.
However, there still exists denial, dismissal, and victim blaming for those who experience trauma and resulting difficulties.
People who experience inequality or disadvantage are at higher risk of exposure to traumatic experiences. They do not receive the recognition or support they require which affects their health and wellbeing.
There is an increasing need to shift from a blame and judgement approach of asking, “what is wrong with you?” to a more helpful and empathic approach of asking, “what has happened to you?”
Therefore, Stepping Stones acknowledges the call for all public services to become trauma informed in their approach. We ask them to understand that trauma has a far reaching impact on wellbeing.
Responding to trauma is everyone’s business.
The Scottish Psychological Trauma Training Plan is here.
Stepping Stones’ Trauma Informed Statement is here.