Did you Know?
Trauma is defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. We all experience trauma and no one is immune from it’s effects. Trauma can result from many different experiences, from a painful dental appointment, a car wreck, a house fire, surgery, death of a loved one, loss of a job, or abuse. It is critical for a person to work through trauma, so they do not become so impaired by it that it disrupts daily functioning.
There is a tendency to believe that a person who does not directly experience a traumatic event will not be affected by it. This is a myth. When this indirect trauma occurs it is called “vicarious trauma”. This refers to the traumatic experience that can occur when we are exposed second-hand to difficult or disturbing images and stories. When a person hears the stories of someone who has directly experienced a traumatic event it can evoke similar symptoms and emotions as the person who directly experienced the event. Care or health providers are especially vulnerable, but we all are susceptible to this emotional impact.
The Psychiatric Intake Response Center staff practice self-care as a way to cope with what we are exposed to. In our monthly newsletter we have a self-care corner that is devoted to identifying ways to care for ourselves and each other. Self-care strategies may include seeking support from loved ones, practicing relaxation, exercising, sleeping and eating well, etc.
Recognition by Kindervelt is also a means of supporting PIRC to let us know the challenging work we do is important and meaningful. In addition to your financial support, the recent gift of water bottles and the thank-you card was very much valued and appreciated. We are all grateful for the support.