It seems like every time you turn on the news these days that some traumatic event
flashes before your eyes leaving images and impressions
of helplessness to the viewer. Even harder is when a trauma touches your community or someone you
There are ways you can help others recover from a traumatic event,
even if you do not have a backround in trauma management. Do you know someone personally
that has just experienced a major trauma such as a natural disaster, accident, or maybe a
a violent act?
Most of us want to help the people we know and love, but don’t know how.
We feel awkward on what to say to others that will show we care but we truely want to
help them in the recovery process
after they have experienced a traumatic life
Recently, the community I live in has experienced two devastating
natural disasters that has cost several their lives.
These disasters left behind many who experienced firsthand
a traumatic life event that will take
a huge amount of ongoing support from those they love and know
in order to recover.
Many people have expressed how much they themselves
are traumatized by the events they have seen or heard about
on the news or through friends.
There are ways you can help people recover or if you want to know how to reach out
to friends, loved ones, or even strangers following a traumatic event such as a natural disaster.
First, you need to realize that recovery is a process and may play out in a
persons life over a long period of time.
Recovery is also different for each person. This means that ongoing support and understanding are vital if you really want to help.
Helping others establish a normal routine is a crucia lfirst step to beginning the recovery process.
Practical support could be as simple as taking care of children for a few hours
or even grocery shopping and running errands can help when life becomes suddenly hard and overwhelming.
Encourage those in the recovery process to take time for self care such as
and time for complete relaxation.
Help others minimize repeated exposure to the trauma
through media coverage that makes a person often relive
the experience over and over.
Instead, track important information for them by using local government websites.
You can provide much needed emotional support without having to know what to say by being a good listener
or just providing the comfort of being there.
Forcing someone to talk about the event before they are ready, is never helpful.
When someone is ready to talk about the trauma they have witness or experienced, it may be helpful
to do the following…..
Reassure them that distress is to be expected after what they have experienced…Validation is key….
Listen more than give advice.
Avoid cliche statements like, “You will be fine,” or “Everything works out for the good.” Although
this may be true, it is not comforting for someone recovering from a major trauma.
Acknowledge and validate their distress instead with statements like, “It’s really tough to go through something
like this,” or “I am really sorry you have to go through this.” You can also say things like, “This is such a rough time for you, how are you doing?”
If the person you know, after a long period of time following the
continues to feel sad or numbed,
shut down or distant,
has a lack of energy,
or suicidal, and other non coping symptoms,
make sure you help them find or encourage them to seek professional help
from a licensed Medical Provider or Counselor.
You can be a great help to those who are recovering from a traumatic event,
it just takes plenty of love, comfort, and support.
These guidelines are taken from Phoenix Australia Center
For Post Traumatic Mental Health.
If in any doubt about how you can help, reach out to Medical Professionals in your locale.
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This is our way of reaching out to our community to help aide in the recovery process.
Your support to those you love during this time in their life
will help them get through a very difficult time.