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Trauma Resources

Coping Skills:

Trauma is hard to deal with and no one should do it alone. When trying to cope and manage trauma it is important to know what poor coping skills can look like. Some signs of unhealthy coping is increased aggression, avoidance, alcohol and drug use to manage pain and danger of trauma, isolation, and engaging in behaviors that can lead to re-traumatization.

There is no one right way to react so it is important that you be aware and accept what you are thinking and feeling. When dealing with trauma it is important to try a range of coping skills and find which one is most helpful and supportive to you.  Seek support: This means seeking guidance and support from others who can help facilitate positive coping.

Coping mechanisms:

  • Talk to those you trust, including friends, family, colleagues and spiritual leaders. Speak to others who may have similar reactions to you which can be normalizing and validating
  • Find someone who has the ability to listen to your perspective, validate your experiences and communicate an understanding of race and racism from social, political and historical contexts (you may find White allies as well as People of Color who are able to have this dialogues that is growth fostering)
  • Self-care:
    • Mindfulness practices, meditation, and prayer
    • Painting, drawing, singing, dancing, other activities that assist with processing emotions through expression and body movement
    • Engage in activities that make you feel empowered and seek to promote change
    • Stay connected to family, friends, community, neighborhood and spiritual communities
    • Join a support group
    • Participate in individual or group therapy
  • Share wisdom and support with loved one to create collective strength
  • Participate in local groups, protests, organizations, mentoring and other acts of empowerment and resistance