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This website provides information, education, and help to those adversely affected by or interested in cultic and other high-control groups and relationships.
The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic and other high-control environments.
Their ‘How can we help you?’ page has cult-specific resources for survivors, their loved ones, and professionals; as well as a long list of pertinent ‘Cults 101’ resources.
If you experienced trauma or abuse as a child this fact sheet can help you understand more about how what happened to you might have affected you.
It provides information about some of the ways people cope, react and some options for ways to work towards recovery.
It provides hope that recovery is possible with the right support.
It is one in a series of fact sheets written specifically for survivors and supporters affected by complex trauma, including childhood trauma and abuse.
There are also other series of fact sheets which explain some of the issues raised in these fact sheets in more detail. You can find them on our website under 'Resources - Fact Sheets'
This series of Fact Sheets explains more about what happens with experiences of complex trauma, the effects, the reactions people have, the way people cope and possibilities for healing. If you have experienced Complex Trauma or are supporting someone who has, we hope this series will build your understanding, add to your knowledge and support your journey.
Find out about the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. You can find out what your ACE score is, and more importantly, what your Resilience Score is.
ACESTooHigh is a news site that reports on research about positive and adverse childhood experiences, including developments in epidemiology, neurobiology, and the biomedical and epigenetic consequences of toxic stress. We also cover how people, organizations, agencies and communities are implementing practices and policies based on the research. This includes developments in education, juvenile justice, criminal justice, public health, medicine, mental health, social services, and cities, counties and states.
Resources for the public on trauma and dissociative disorders, including FAQs for parents and for teachers; Fact Sheets for caregivers; information on how to support someone who lives with dissociative identities; and websites of interest for people with dissociative identity disorder.
Ask Izzy can help you to find the services you need, now and nearby. It is free and anonymous, and you can search over 360,000 services to find housing, meals, healthcare, counselling, legal advice, addiction treatment and a whole lot more.If you're on the Telstra mobile network, you can access Ask Izzy even if you don't have credit.
A powerful story describing and explaining the inner child's scream.
“There are no pat answers here. There is only an awareness of trauma where it is unresolved, every cry that has gone unheard and unresponded to, and which deserves the driver of your life to pull over onto the hard shoulder if necessary to attend to its needs. Can you do that? Can you reach down, with compassion and care, and lift your traumatised self out of its car seat, out of its lack and unlovedness and pain, and speak kindly to it, feed it, tell it that you’re here now, that everything is going to be okay? Because that perhaps, for some people, might be the first step towards healing.”
Carolyn Spring shines an illuminating torch on how traumatised children adopt to survive; why coping strategies linger long after one is ‘safe’; and explain what is needed to help us heal from those painful experiences.
“In recovery from trauma, we’re trying to shift the default operating focus of our minds from the back brain to the front brain. The back brains operate when we’re in danger. The front brains operate when we’re safe, doing daily life. Trauma keeps us stuck in the back brain mode of danger. Recovery from trauma involves getting our front brains back online, and our bodies feeling safe. And that process doesn’t happen with next-day delivery.”
Carolyn Spring makes a compelling case for trauma treatment being a process of marginal gains, rather than One Big Event.
Recovery from trauma starts with acknowledging the existence of bears. It requires the involvement of a safe tribe. It necessitates the telling of our story and the healing of our wounds. And it requires action to keep us safe from further bear attacks.
We know how many adult problems come down to issues from childhood - but what exactly is that wondrous, hugely desirable thing, an emotionally-healthy childhood? This video by the School of Life identifies the central themes of the sort of childhood that can leave us balanced, happy and sane.
Time-limited research project that currently offers free-of-charge clinical assessment of trauma-related symptoms and depersonalisation, including a comprehensive report about your symptoms which you can share with your doctor or therapist, and an opportunity to discuss your problems and recommendations for treatment.
The survivor resources on the Saprea website provides practical support and education for survivors who want to heal from child sexual abuse. It includes suggestions to manage common symptoms such a sleep problems, flashbacks, and others; as well as researched-based, applicable, and actionable healing practices that you can do while managing a home, a job, school, or all three.
This video by the Department of Health in Western Australia (in conjunction with Tim Muirhead and Danny Fordcasts) highlights the effects of intergenerational complex trauma in Aboriginal communities, and why so many people continue to struggle on their journey to health and well-being.
A great resource for men, written by men, to help help you deal with issues like depression, anxiety, anger, and suicidal thoughts. Expect a witty, NO-NONSENSE approach with practical advice for men, while you navigate around Dr Mahogany's office.
This remarkable organisation is targeted towards clients in the US (unfortunately...), but their Resources page - and especially The Blog - features (literally!) practical strategies for self-care, tools and techniques for flashbacks and distraction (to help with intrusive trauma symptoms), 101 not-your-average-run-of-the-mill grounding strategies to try out, and much more - all tried and tested for and by trauma survivors. (You may want to check out their Facebook page - beautyafterbruises - too!)
Blue Knot Foundation has developed a series of 5 short videos with funding from Federal Department of Health.
Given the prevalence of trauma and its effects, it is important for people to be informed about trauma and how best to support people who may have experienced it, particularly complex trauma related to trauma and abuse in childhood.
Unwanted sexual contact can be a very traumatic experience. It is also a common occurrence, with many people of all genders, cultures, ages and abilities being sexually assaulted or abused by a stranger, a family member, a partner or someone they know.
Every person’s experience of sexual trauma is different. It can affect how you think, feel, behave, relate to others and see the world. But recovery is possible.
This booklet is for survivors of any type of unwanted sexual contact who want to better understand their personal reactions to the trauma they have experienced, and are looking for some ideas to assist their recovery.