Why Trauma Support?

  • 7 out of 10 teens are grappling with mental health issues - 55% reported anxiety, 43% depression, and 27% worried about running out of basic necessities in their household during the pandemic
  • Youth ages 11-17 have been more likely than any other age group to score for moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety and depression. 
  • Youth ages 11-17 report the highest rates of suicidal ideation of any age group. (Jan- Sept 2020) 77,470 youth reported experiencing frequent suicidal ideation, including 75,107 since the beginning of the pandemic in March. 
  • Rates of suicidal ideation are highest among youth, especially LGBTQ+ youth. (Jan- Sept 2020) 77,470 youth reported experiencing frequent suicidal ideation, including 27,980 LGBTQ+ youth.

Sources: The Harris Poll, May 2020 and Mental Health America 2021

Pre-pandemic, more than 60% of students reported at least one traumatic event by the time they were 16 years old. Traumatic events include:

  • Psychological, physical, or sexual abuse
  • Community or school violence
  • Witnessing or experiencing domestic violence
  • National disasters or terrorism
  • Commercial sexual exploitation
  • Sudden or violent loss of a loved one
  • Military family-related stressors (e.g., deployment, parental loss, or injury)
  • Physical or sexual assault
  • Neglect
  • Serious accidents or life-threatening illness

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, 100% of students have experienced at least one traumatic event before reaching adulthood. The biggest societal change that we are facing is COVID-19. It exacerbated what we were already struggling with prior: poverty, trauma, access to technology, and equity for students. As educators, we cannot turn a blind eye to this as it directly impacts student behavior and outcomes.

The impact of childhood trauma can extend beyond childhood, and survivors may experience more lasting effects, such as learning problems, increased need for physical and mental health services, increased involvement with child welfare and juvenile systems, as well as increased vulnerability to substance abuse and long-term health problems. However, with trauma support in their schools and communities, children and young adults can successfully process and overcome these adverse events. The National Association of School Psychologists has pointed out that trauma-informed/trauma-sensitive schools are integrated with Restorative Practices and promote:

  • Feelings of physical, social, and emotional safety in students and staff
  • A shared understanding among staff about the impact of trauma and adversity on students
  • Positive and culturally responsive discipline policies and practices
  • Access to comprehensive school mental and behavioral health services
  • Effective community collaboration

Key Benefits

Creates a safer, more successful school and supports stronger communities.
Helps with significant improvement in student behavioral outcomes.
Provides safety for students and staff, where trustworthiness and transparency are valued.
Results in fewer suspensions and expulsions, thus increasing student attendance and academic achievement.
Provides and promotes peer and community support, including on-campus teaming.
Provides consideration, recognition, and provision for all cultural issues.
Facilitates collaboration, empowerment, voice, and choice for students, and the adult caregivers that support them.

How We Can Support

Our team has decades of experience providing trauma support and creating supportive and nurturing school environments.

Professional Learning

We teach administrators, counselors, therapists, and educators/ teachers about trauma, its impact on youth, and how they can help.

What does this look like? We offer 2-3 hour sessions that can focus on any of the following depending on the audience and district/school needs: foundations of trauma, the effects/impacts of trauma, and the protective factors.

Training

We provide strategies and coaching on how to create trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive school climates while integrating Restorative Practices. 

What does this look like? An intensive full-day training that includes foundations of trauma, the effects/impacts of trauma, and the protective factors.

*Please contact us for more information or assistance.

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