Being a church that cares for those who have experienced trauma

illustration of a church with a sign reading 'trauma aware'

As God’s people, we want to reflect his heart of compassion and love in our dealings with everyone. What might a compassionate and caring response to those experiencing trauma look like? Here are five suggestions that may assist in beginning that process.

What is trauma?

definition of what is trauma from dictionary

‘Trauma’ is the term used to describe a ‘wound to the mind,’ characterised by certain enduring symptoms. This resource provides a basic overview of what trauma is.

How we can all prepare to care – MH+PC Trauma Seminar

In recent years, the study of trauma response and its ongoing effects such as post-traumatic stress disorder has escalated, with mental health professionals developing better insights into the physical and psychological suffering that results. Dr Gladys Mwiti, an international expert on trauma, was recently invited to speak at our professional development day on the subject.

Eight ways to care for survivors of natural disasters

Flooded road near Windsor, Western Sydney, NSW, Australia. July 5, 2022

Natural disasters traumatic events. The threat to (or loss of) life, property, livestock and livelihoods that often accompany these events can be extremely distressing, made all the more difficult during the Christmas season. With years of bushfires, drought and floods experienced in all parts of Australia, many people have been affected physically and emotionally, leaving […]