Many people go through different types of unexpected trauma, whether it is rape, car accident, domestic violence, hijacking, armed, robbery or even witnessing an accident. A traumatic experience may leave you feeling distressed, and may give you powerful and disturbing feelings. If you have been through such an experience you may need to seek professional help and advice.
Many victims of trauma in South Africa don’t get help because they feel ashamed and choose to ‘acting brave’ is the ‘manly’ thing to do. They have seen so much violence that they feel ‘numb’, or they refuse to believe what happened. SADAG will be hosting Facebook Friday Chat dedicated to individuals affected or have loved ones going through a traumatic experience.
There are two live chats planned for Friday, November 13th, at 1pm with Psychologist, Mara Zanella and at 7pm with Psychologist Debbie Howes. To log in, go to our website www.sadag.org or go directly to our Facebook Page: The South African Depression and Anxiety Group.
People react and cope differently with a troubling event.
You may feel denial, anger or sadness but it is very important to feel hopeful that your life will return to normal again. Fortunately some people may over time start to feel better without seeking any professional help
HOWEVER, some need expert help from a counsellor, GP or even a psychiatrist.
It is important never to use alcohol or drugs to try and deal with a traumatic experience thinking it will help eliminate the painful memories, instead, you need to face them and deal with what has happened.
Tips on how to Deal with Trauma
- Get counselling to help you move on with your life
- Give yourself time
- Be involved and communicate with other survivors, join a support group
- Talk it over
- Ask for support, open up to family and friends
- Meditate or pray, practive relaxation
- Get into a routine, exercise can help with your healing
- Take some time of yourself
- Express your feelings as they arise
- Be patient with yourself, healing can take time
If you feel that you need immediate assistance and would like to speak to a counsellor you may call the Destiny helpline on 0800 41 42 43, we are open 7 days a week from 8am-8pm. To remain anonymous, please send us an SMS to 31393 with the word “Facebook” and your question and we will post it for you anonymously or you can send us a Private Facebook Message.