Recovering from trauma

Protesting – especially against policies the government would rather keep quiet – always runs the risk of being dangerous. It is incredibly unjust that demonstrators have to worry about physical and emotional safety while exercising their right to freedom of speech, or standing up for causes they believe in.

On the other hand, it is still valuable to have a few tips and tricks up your sleeve if you find yourself, a friend, or a colleague struggling after experiencing police brutality or other types of trauma.

Check out this guide for recovery advice. Not only does it offer some great information on causes/prevention of trauma and its resulting consequences on your health, but there are relatable and reasonable tips for regaining your sense of self following an troubling incident:

-Get yourself to a safe place as soon as possible after the trauma is experienced

-Talk to someone (friend, roommate, mental health professional)

-Know your reactions are normal and don’t compare to the progression/reaction of others who were with you

-Use excess adrenaline to fuel a walk, run or your favourite type of physical activity

-Try to avoid denial or using substances to numb your feelings

-Watch for signs of post-traumatic stress

 

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