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Trauma and PTSD Support Group

Trauma and PTSD

A traumatic experience is any event in life that causes a threat to our safety and potentially places our own life or the lives of others at risk. As a result, a person experiences high levels of emotional, psychological, and physical distress that temporarily disrupts their ability to function normally in day-to-day life. 

Examples of potentially traumatic experiences include: 

  • natural disasters, such as a bushfire or flood 
  • being a victim of, or witness to, a crime, act of violence or armed robbery 
  • being involved in, or witnessing, a serious car or transport accident 
  • being in an airplane that is forced to make an emergency landing 
  • being physically assaulted 
  • being exposed to images, news reports or social media posts of these types of events. 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a medical diagnosis given to a person who experiences enduring stress after a traumatic or life-threatening event. Because of its complex nature, a person may experience post-traumatic stress well and truly before a formal diagnosis is given. 

Typical examples of traumatic or life-threatening events can include: 

  • child sexual, physical, emotional or psychological abuse

  • sexual or physical assault 

  • car accidents 

  • a natural disaster, such as fire, hurricane, flood or earthquake, and 

  • domestic violence. 

A person can also develop post-traumatic stress as a result of witnessing any of the above events. This is known as vicarious trauma. 

What is enduring distress? 

When a person continues to experience distress after a traumatic event, post-traumatic stress can develop. Enduring distress can take many forms, including: 

  • being on edge or irritable 

  • a feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope 

  • numbing or zoning out, including with drugs, alcohol, sex, or food 

  • difficulty identifying emotions, including feelings of not 'inhabiting your body' 

  • difficulty reading other people's emotions, including avoiding social contact entirely, and 

  • avoiding underlying feelings by keeping busy through work or other tasks. 

Join Trauma and PTSD support group

If your life feels like it is on a downward spiral and you are struggling to cope, our support group sessions offer sufferers and carers the opportunity to discuss their experiences and help them learn how to deal with their fears, knowing they are not alone. The caring and sharing of the group offers relief from isolation and loneliness.

When and where is the support group?

Date: 4th Tuesday of the month

Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm (AEST)

Venue/Mode: Online via Zoom

Registration: https://www.mhfa.org.au/SupportUser.aspx

 

Contact us

supportgroup@mhfa.org.au

1300 643 287

 

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