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What is an Acute Trauma?

When death, shock, tragedy and media coverage occur, the combined impact creates a unique response that isn't commonly recognised or supported appropriately.

Some events that might be defined as an acute trauma are fatal road accident, accidental deaths, acts of terrorism, violence, homicide, suicide or natural disasters. 

What does it mean?

Death, shock, tragedy and media coverage interact in a way that creates unique cognitive processes and neurological responses. Some of those include a prolonged processing delay, maldaptive memories and magical thinking. 

Typically, when acute trauma is unresolved, individuals get misdiagnosed with complex mental health conditions like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Psychosis and Borderline Personality Disorder.


This usually means that people receive treatment for a condition rather than being given the tools and support they need to process an acute trauma and in turn minimise the impact of the response. 

What do we do?

We work to raise awareness of the Acute Trauma response so that more people are able to get the support they need to process difficult emotions rather than simply living with them.

We offer support to people that have experienced an acute trauma and may still live with unresolved and misunderstood emotional challenges.

We offer training to support workers, health professionals, employers and teachers who will need to recognise, understand and support the acute trauma response in the individuals they work with and care for.