Know the Facts
Traumatic events occur in a number of ways. Traumatic events could affect a whole community following a natural disaster like a flood or a fire, or a community event like a shooting or violent protest. They could also happen to an individual following an injury, sexual assault or other distressing situations. The impact of trauma could leave a child feeling unsafe, worried or feeling disconnected from the people around them.
Traumatic events impact a youth in a variety of ways. Some youth quickly move past the event and resume their normal lives. Other times, the impacts of trauma stay with a young person and can have damaging effects on a youth’s mental health. A severe traumatic even could lead to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder with symptoms of stress that are intense and last longer than a month following a traumatic event.
Anxiety disorders are common in youth, which is why adults need to begin to Recognize the Signs of anxiety in the youth around them.
Recognize the Signs
Project AWARE: Youth Mental Health First Aid
Learn more about how to help a young person who experienced a traumatic or mental illness by attending a local Youth Mental Health First Aid course. The course provides adults with the knowledge and skills to recognize mental illness in youth, help a youth experiencing a mental illness and respond to a mental health crisis.