While we have taken great care these topics can be distressing. You can access support here
Sometimes this can lead to physical and psychological responses to perceived danger, called a ‘trigger’, which can feel distressing.
If you would like support to help work through any issues that might arise for you or anyone you know while accessing any of these resources, you can talk to your local doctor, psychologist or counsellor.
You also call one of these helplines.
- Lifeline on 13 11 14
- Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
- DirectLine Victoria drug/alcohol counselling on 1800 888 236
- MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
- Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
- Yarning SafeNStrong on 1800 95 95 63
- Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636
- Headspace on 1800 650 890
- ReachOut at au.reachout.com
- Care Leavers Australasia Network (CLAN) on 1800 008 774
- HeadtoHelp on 1800 595 212
- Brother to Brother on 1800 435 799
- Blue Knot on 1300 657 380
- Q Life on 1800 184 527
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers, listeners and readers are advised that the following content may contain images and voices of people who are deceased.
Trigger warning: The following resources provide general information about trauma and information on supporting yourself and others. This information can be distressing if it reminds you of an experience you or someone you know had.
Please take care when accessing these resources and ask for help if you need it.
Healing Foundation – help for kids experiencing trauma
- The Healing Foundation offers resources and tools to help parents, practitioners and service providers support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
- Website - https://healingfoundation.org.au/
Intergenerational Trauma among Aboriginal people in Australia
- 4-minute animation explaining intergenerational trauma by the Healing Foundation
- Watch the video
Judy Atkinson on inter-generational healing and recovery from trauma
- Judy Atkinson is an expert in understanding inter-generational healing and recovery from trauma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. At the core of this moving talk, she describes her approach to healing. It’s about listening. In order to heal, the stories behind the trauma must be heard.
- Watch the TedTalk
8 Things About Trauma we Didn’t Learn in School
- Tips that might help you recognise and respond to trauma
- Read the article
The Journey of health and wellbeing
- 10-minute animation explaining intergenerational trauma, developed by Tim Muirhead and Danny Ford, from the shared stories and experiences of many, WA Health.
- Watch the video
Child Trauma Academy (Bruce Perry)
- The Child Trauma Academy Library is a set of free resources for parents, caregivers, educators and professionals.
- Access the academy
Trigger warning: The following resources provide practitioner information about trauma and its impacts. This information can be distressing if it reminds you of an experience you or someone you know had. Please take care when accessing these resources and ask for help if you need it.
Blue Knot Foundation
Healing the past by nurturing the future
National (US) Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioural Medicine
- NHS Lanarkshire explainer video about the effect of trauma on a child’s brain
Trauma and the brain (9 minutes)
- Dr Jackie Amos discusses the P-PACT program she uses with mothers and infants
Commonalities in Therapeutic Approaches (21 minutes)
- Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) Conference 2013
Closing Plenary - Keynote by Professor Judy Atkinson (47 minutes)
- Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) and Emerging Minds Webinar
Aboriginal children and the effects of intergenerational trauma (76 minutes)
- Paediatrician Dr Nadine Burke Harris on confronting the prevention and treatment of trauma
TED Talk: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime (16 minutes)