Given that May is also Mental Health Awareness Month, today (May 20) is National Trauma Survivors Day, and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is only growing more severe, it’s timely to discuss the challenges faced by those who have lived through emotional, physical, and psychological trauma (they are rarely disconnected).

In 2013, the National Council for Behavioral Health found that 70% of adults in the U.S. had experienced some type of trauma in their lifetime and 33% of youths exposed to community violence will experience PTSD. Given the wide reach of trauma and the debilitating effects it can have, this blog is meant to equip readers with information and resources that can be helpful for those enduring the effects of past traumas and for those seeking to understand and help others who have faced trauma.

What is Trauma?

Merriam-Webster defines trauma as “a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury.”...