Houston, We Have A Problem
More than ever before, mental health researchers and professionals are finding that untreated trauma from child abuse is at the core of a significant number of chronic health issues.
Mental health issues have become a widespread problem as evidenced by the rising numbers of stories of suicides and other tragic events that appear daily in our news feeds. However, far too many illnesses are being incorrectly attributed to various conditions when, in fact, they were caused by the untreated trauma of child abuse. According to the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), almost half of the nation’s children have experienced at least one or more types of serious childhood trauma. Even more alarming, nearly one in three U.S. youth ages 12-17 years has experienced two or more types of childhood adversity that are likely to affect their physical and mental health as adults.
“Courage is defined by the child who carries the darkness of abuse into the light.”
We Believe Change is Possible
Our strategy to fulfill our mission is to educate our community on the science behind trauma and the ways to help abused children heal and recover. It’s not just about hurt feelings and troubling emotions; it’s much deeper and is rooted physiologically. Trauma remains wired in the body and brain. Whenever it triggers its victims, it causes them to relive the panic and terror of their original trauma over and over. These wounds are not visible to the human eye, but they are very real and left untreated can cause chronic health issues which last a lifetime.
We believe education is a critical component to helping abused children on their road to recovery and have designed our education programs for the community at large and specific audiences who are on the frontlines of this issue, including teachers and caregivers.
All of us can play a role in helping abused children heal and recover from childhood trauma. There are 3 things you can do to support our efforts.
- Learn more about childhood trauma by attending a TraumaTALK. View our calendar and sign up for an upcoming event.
- Shine a light on childhood trauma by bringing a TraumaTALK to your community. Contact us to schedule a TraumaTALK at your school, office, community group, or faith-based organization.
- Donate today and help us fulfill our mission. Funds are needed to extend our reach and provide more free education programs to promote awareness of childhood trauma.