Mental Health Support

What is Mental Health Support?

Trauma-informed care support comes into play when someone has suffered or is believed to have suffered from some sort of trauma. In this type of care, the counsellor recognizes how trauma has impacted the person. They understand the symptoms of trauma that exist. Trauma-informed care support respects the fact that trauma is there and responds to the impact that trauma had on the person’s life. This type of support changes the way the counsellors and therapists may have dealt with this in the past. Instead of thinking about what is wrong with the person, the thought process shifts to what happened to this person. This can make a huge difference when offering mental health support. The idea is to make services available to someone that has experienced trauma in an environment where they feel safe and will not trigger trauma symptoms.

It may not always be easy to determine when someone has been through trauma. For some, it is obvious but for others, they have learned to protect themselves and hide and it is not as easy to determine. It is important to be able to understand the signs when providing mental health support. The key is to be sensitive to someone and their needs. It is not always necessary to determine if they have a diagnosis. When someone has mental health problems, their symptoms may not look like someone else’s with the same concerns. Every person is different. One of the symptoms that may be obvious is if that person has a sudden change in behaviour. You may notice that someone has less confidence, no interest in activities, a lack of appetite, or is easily tired. You may even notice problems with concentration, irritability, and avoidance of certain places or situations. These are just a handful of symptoms you may notice in someone.