What is trauma?

Trauma is an emotional response to a distressing event or circumstance. It can have a lasting impact on a person’s overall mental, physical, social and/or spiritual wellbeing.1, 2


1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, (2022, September 27). Trauma and Violence. https://www.samhsa.gov/trauma-violence 

2. American Psychological Association (n.d.) Trauma. https://www.apa.org/topics/trauma