Helping staff to cope with trauma

When people have a deeply distressing or disturbing experience, they may experience trauma. This might result in PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder which you may develop after being involved in, or witnessing, traumatic events. The condition was first recognised in war veterans and has been known by a variety of names, such...Find out more – a brain condition which can cause people to experience anxiety, intrusive thoughts, and flashbacks to the event.

Some people, such as first responders or soldiers, might be more likely to experience trauma at work – but it can be a risk for anyone in any role. It can also happen outside of work – for example, if an employee suffers a car accident or domestic abuse.

Understanding trauma and PTSD can help leaders to support staff members who are exposed to distressing events. These resources explore what trauma is, how it affects people, and what employers can do to help their staff as much as possible.

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