Destigmatize Discussing Trauma

Mental health challenges are stigmatized when they are wrongly viewed as a sign of a person weakness or being “damaged.” The fear of judgment, shame, and embarrassment that this creates is a large barrier to talking about and seeking help for trauma. 

 

Learning about and understanding what causes trauma and then talking with clients who are coping with the trauma for the purpose of being supportive is critical. The resources that we are developing will help you talk with your clients about trauma in ways that won't be re-traumatizing.  

 

The lack of knowledge about mental illness and trauma is what keeps us silent when we think that someone else is suffering and keeps those who are suffering from asking for help. 

 

One way to begin this process in your organization is to set times to talk with each other as colleagues. There could be a set consultation time each week when you discuss and problem solves ways of talking with clients about any mental health and well-being challenges barriers that were created for clients by not addressing mental health concerns. 

 

It may also be helpful to host a series of group discussions with clients about a range of mental health topics. This way no one feels placed on the spot to disclose their challenges to learn more about finding ways to manage the issue. This would also begin to create a professional culture that normalizes discussing mental health needs with clients. Whenever possible these should be facilitated by a qualified mental health professional 

 

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