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TRAUMA AND YOUTH

Traumatic events are situations that may be sudden or unexpected, involve a shocking nature of events, and produce feelings of horror, terror, or helplessness.[1]

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Some examples of traumatic events may include:

  • Physical, sexual or emotional abuse

  • Neglect

  • Witnessing or being the direct victim of interpersonal violence (domestic, dating violence)

  • Witnessing or being the direct victim of community violence (gang violence, riots, school shootings)

  • Severe motor vehicle and other accidents

  • Medical trauma including severe injury or life threatening illness

  • Natural and human-made disasters

  • Sudden death of a loved one or peer

  • Exposure to war terrorism or refugee conditions. [2]

Research has shown that adolescents who encounter a traumatic event may experience social, emotional and even academic consequences as a result of the traumatic event. Adolescents experiencing a trauma may be more prone to engage in risky behaviors, less likely to make realistic evaluations of danger and safety, and may experience symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). [3] Children and youth may demonstrate one or many of the following post traumatic responses:

  • Anxiety and/or Anger

  • Suicidal Thoughts or Feelings

  • Depression

  • Substance Abuse

  • Fear

  • Frequent mood changes

  • Truancy

  • Fighting

  • Impaired concentration and problem solving abilities

  • Withdrawal from relationships

  • Difficulty communicating

  • Poor school performance

Safe2Tell Wyoming Can Help

 

The goal of Safe2Tell Wyoming is to intervene at the earliest possible point in the life a young person who is struggling, helping them when they need it before the situation turns into a tragedy. Safe2Tell serves as the statewide bystander reporting tool for school safety concerns in Wyoming. The Safe2Tell solution was developed specifically to encourage those with information about a possible event or dangerous situation to report it in a way that keeps the reporter safe from retaliation or fear.

 

 

If you witness a child or youth who has experienced a traumatic event and is engaging in risky or harmful behavior, you can make an confidential Safe2Tell Wyoming report alerting a team of caring committed adults of the situation. Safe2Tell reports create interventions for youth and children who are struggling and provides the accountability and follow-up required to ensure action is taken on every concerned received.

1 Cohen, Mannarino, and Deblinger, Treating Trauma and Traumatic Grief in Children and Adolescents, The Guilford Press, 2006, p.3,

2 National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Understanding Traumatic Street in Adolescents: A Primer for Substance Abuse Professionals, June 2008, p. 1

3 National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Understanding Traumatic Street in Adolescents: A Primer for Substance Abuse Professionals, June 2008, p. 4