Trauma survivors are not alone. It is common for people facing behavioral health problems to have experienced trauma, such as child abuse or sexual abuse. Trauma-informed care in mental health puts the focus on the survivor. Trauma-informed mental health care takes into account the impact of traumatic events on a person’s health and well-being.
What is trauma-informed care in mental health?
Trauma-informed care addresses the effects of trauma on an individual in mental health evaluation, diagnosis and treatments. Trauma-informed care is specially set up for trauma survivors.Trauma survivors can be both children and adults. Trauma can include domestic violence, child abuse, sexual abuse, and other types of violence, threats and intimidation against an individual.
A trauma-informed approach to mental health care emphasizes:
- Client safety
- Peer support
- Inviting people to voice their problems
- Creating an environment of trust and respect
Approaches to trauma-informed treatment
Trauma-informed care recognizes the physical, mental, behavioral, social and emotional impacts of the experience. Often survivors are afraid or feel shame to talk about their trauma. Trauma is treatable. Treatment includes early screening, creating safe spaces for clients to explore their feelings with a licensed counselor, community outreach and ongoing support. Trauma treatments can include:
- Support groups and peer support
- Education for self-care
- Meditation and other therapies