Trauma has adverse affects that can have an long term consequences. We need to help youth recognize that:
- Abuse is not their fault
- They can be kind to others, but more importantly they need be kind to themselves
- Connections count
- Having a positive social network makes a difference
- Mistakes are a part of a learning process
- Positive self-talk can help
- Learning how to make healthy relationship choices is an asset
- Reaching out for help is a strength not a weakness
Bruce Perry a leading psychiatrist on child trauma has said that trauma is held in every cell of the body. It is no wonder children often have difficulties coping years later.
Thanks to Sheldon Kennedy for taking a stand when it comes to youth and trauma. His story will help millions. His courage will help young men and women to never feel like they are alone.
If you aren’t sure who Sheldon is then you must watch his movie and hopefully you will be inspired to help others understand they are not alone and that life can be very different once they receive the help they deserve.