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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

YCHS Becoming Trauma Informed & Certified

 York County Human Services is becoming trauma informed and certified.  We now have 15 employees who have become Trauma-Competent Professional  experts with several more currently attending the class sessions.

Since June 2018, the first class of Trauma Leadership Team members have  participated in 42 sessions totaling 105 hours of training, have read  14 books, participated in numerous meetings and completed one test to earn each member the title of Trauma-Competent Professional.

How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

Published on Feb 17, 2015
Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Harris explains that repeated stress of abuse, neglect & parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse have tangible effects on brain development. This unfolds across a lifetime, where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease & lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention & treatment of trauma.

Remembering Trauma Short Video Clip

Published on Apr 20, 2017 www.REMEMBERINGTRAUMA.org

Highlights the life of a traumatized youth from early childhood to older adolescence, illustrates the impact of complex trauma & the potential for misdiagnosis across various service systems. 

DISCLAIMER Inspired by a true story & shows the many ways that trauma can impact youth. Contains adult language & family violence, which may be upsetting to watch. Strongly recommended that you view this film with a trusted adult that can offer support.

Childhood Trauma: Changing Minds

One of the biggest predictors of a child’s ability to be resilient in the face of trauma is interacting with a caring adult. Through everyday gestures, any adult in a child’s life can vastly increase that child’s opportunity for success. Learn how your everyday gestures can help a child in your life at ChangingMindsNOW.org. 

Changing Minds: "Chad"

Futures Without Violence

Published on Oct 18, 2016

Warning: Please be aware that this video contains descriptions of violence. It is inspired by true stories, shows how a supportive & caring adult can help a child overcome childhood trauma & exposure to violence. Yearly nearly 60% of youth are exposed to violence in their homes, schools & communities. Over time, exposure to violence during childhood is correlated with negative outcomes: psychological issues, adverse behavior & serious illnesses.  

All About ACEs, Trauma & their Lifetime Affects

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What is Trauma?

Common Trauma Responses

Common Trauma Responses

What is trauma? Trauma responses vary for each person and are unique to the person enduring it.

What is Trauma? It is not uncommon for a person to have experienced some level of trauma(s), throughout their life. Trauma responses are unique to each individual and not all people are impacted in the same way by the same traumatic experience. Sometimes, responses may look like poor behavior, but they are actually physiological responses that a trauma-impacted person may not be aware of or in control of. Please view more information and resources on trauma at https://yorkcountyhumanservices.org/trauma 

Common Trauma Responses

Common Trauma Responses

Common Trauma Responses

We all react to trauma in different ways, but there are a few common trauma responses.

“We all react to trauma in different ways, experiencing a wide range of physical and emotional reactions. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to think, feel, or respond, so don’t judge your own reactions or those of other people. Your responses are NORMAL reactions to ABNORMAL events.” (https://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/coping-with-emotional-and-psychological-trauma.htm/) Response to a traumatic event varies significantly among people, but here are some basic, common trauma responses. https://www.integration.samhsa.gov/clinical-practice/trauma 

Life Stress Inventory

Common Trauma Responses

Life Stress Inventory

Dear Stress, Let's break up, love me.

Do you have stress in your life? Take this life stress inventory quiz to reflect on your past 12 months. Check back later today for some self-care ideas! 

74 Self Care Ideas

Impact of Childhood Trauma on Lifetime Physical and Mental Health

Life Stress Inventory

74 self-care ideas to maintain and improve mental health, mental wellness and daily life.

74 Self-Care Ideas from Live Bold and Bloom! Which ones work well for you? Which ones do you want to add into your daily routine?

See more great ideas here: https://liveboldandbloom.com/09/self-improvement/self-care-ideas and lots of great resources here: www.YorkCountyHumanServices.org

#selfcare #selfimprovement #onestepatatime #humanservices #moveforward 

Learning Brain Vs. Survival Brain

Impact of Childhood Trauma on Lifetime Physical and Mental Health

Impact of Childhood Trauma on Lifetime Physical and Mental Health

Video on learning brain versus survival brain, to show the trauma perspective for students/teachers.

Every person who works with or has children should watch this! 

“This 5 minute video reframes a trauma perspective in terms of learning  brain versus survival brain as a way to make it easier for teachers to  talk about trauma with students. So a kid with trauma, or who is stuck  in survival brain, is kind of like the baby elephant who doesn’t have  protective adults around them. They can’t play and learn because they  are way too focused on looking out for threats and danger. 

So this is why, the most important things that schools can focus on, way  more important than any techniques or curricula, is really whether or  not they are creating that environment where students feel like they’re  surrounded by these big mama elephants that are going to protect them  and watch out for them and make them feel safe. When students have that,  it unlocks their curiosity, their eagerness to learn and play as a way  to learn.”  https://youtu.be/KoqaUANGvpA 

See more here: https://yorkcountyhumanservices.org/trauma-sensitive-schools

#yorkcountypa #trauma #learningbrain #survivalbrain #schools #teachers #students

Impact of Childhood Trauma on Lifetime Physical and Mental Health

Impact of Childhood Trauma on Lifetime Physical and Mental Health

Impact of Childhood Trauma on Lifetime Physical and Mental Health

Childhood trauma has a significant impact on a person's physical & mental health throughout lifetime

"Imagine identifying a toxin so potent it could rewire a child’s  brain and erode his immune system. A substance that, in high doses,  tripled the risk of heart disease and lung cancer and reduced life  expectancy by 20 years. And then realizing that tens of millions of  American children had been exposed. Nadine Burke Harris,  California’s newly appointed surgeon general, will tell you this is not  a hypothetical scenario. She is a leading voice in a movement trying to  transform our understanding of how the  traumatic experiences that affect so many American children can trigger  serious physical and mental illness."  This information is very powerful  and helpful, to understanding the many detours, road blocks, and why's  of adversity in our life and those around us. Know your ACEs, learn how  to lessen their effect on your life and protect your children.

#trauma #adversity #toxicstress #disease #disorder #ace

Seven Pillars of Self-Care

Seven Pillars of Self-Care

Seven Pillars of Self-Care

Seven pillars of self-care for International Self-Care Day (ISD)

Today is International Self-Care Day (ISD). International Self-Care Foundation focuses on the 7 Pillars of Self-Care shown below. Which pillars do you utilize daily in your life?

‘Self-Care is what people do for themselves to establish and maintain  health, and to prevent and deal with illness. It is a broad concept  encompassing hygiene (general and personal), nutrition (type and quality  of food eaten), lifestyle (sporting activities, leisure etc),  environmental factors (living conditions, social habits, etc.)  socio-economic factors (income level, cultural beliefs, etc.) and  self-medication.’ Learn more here: https://isfglobal.org/

#selfcareisimportant #7pillarsofselfcare #ISD #keepactive #stayhealthy

9 Types of Daily Self-Care

Seven Pillars of Self-Care

Seven Pillars of Self-Care

9 types of daily self-care to practice daily for best mental health and wellness.

"Whether  you spend it on a hike, with your pet, or curled up with a good book,  taking time to care for yourself will go a long way towards improving  your mental health. 

It builds confidence, relieves stress, and  lays a foundation for wellness. On July 24th, Self-Care Day, and  everyday, Crisis Text Line wants you to make time for what matters." https://www.selfcareday.com/

#selfcareday #improveyourmentalhealth #metime #wetime #arttime #pettime #treetime #zentime #flextime #chowtime