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How do I heal from traumatising events?

Your Question

how to heal from tramuastisted events 



Thank you so much for reaching out to Ask Alex.  

You ask the question “how to heal from traumatising events?”. There are many events that can happen throughout our lives that are traumatic, and we may need help and healing. You are not alone in needing some help to feel better. 

We have outlined some information on healing from trauma below: 

  1. It takes time, anything from a few weeks to months, to heal from a traumatic life event. Be patient and allow yourself this time and space to process your emotions. 
  2. Ask for support. By reaching out to Ask Alex you have already started this so well done for that. Do you have an adult in your life you trust? Perhaps you can ask them to help you explore options within your community (e.g., GP or mental health worker) so can receive the appropriate support for your trauma. This adult could be a teacher, family member or youth worker. 
  3. Don’t isolate! Avoid spending lots of time alone; try and do things with other people and be active. Connecting with others can be very healing and provide comfort. You do not have to talk about the traumatic event – in fact, for some people, this can actually make it worse. If you do feel comfortable talking about it though, do so. 
  4. Stick to your routine. 
  5. Get rest (sleep hygiene is incredibly important, aim for 7-9 hours a night) and do things that you enjoy.  

As always, please know Childline are here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year if you wish to speak to someone in a confidential and supportive manner. We are available on 1800 66 66 66 and also online via webchat which you can access here:  

We hope this response has helped you. 

Take care, 


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