That is a great question.
‘Trauma Informed’: A trauma informed approach incorporates three key elements: (1) realizing the prevalence of trauma (2) recognizing how trauma affects all individuals and (3) responding by putting this knowledge into practice.
The conversation surrounding mental health is changing for the better and individuals who experience mental health disorders are demanding a better version of care than previously offered. Trends are showing a shift towards more accessible practices. The majority of resources available focus on crisis intervention and this website would not only focus on crisis prevention but offer resources to both sides of the equation: those offering support and those in search of support.
Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is an approach in the human service field that assumes that an individual is more likely than not to have a history of trauma. Trauma-Informed Care recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role trauma may play in an individual's life
Learn more about it's Founder, Karyn Inder and the inspiration behind Trauma Tree
Market research indicates that people are demanding more accessible and inclusive service providers, ranging from medical professionals to service providers and more.
‘Trauma informed’ service providers are hard to find, but the demand for them is on the rise.
This website will provide a database of mental health care and health care providers that are flagged as being ‘trauma informed’- meaning they consider themselves and their services accessible and inclusive to anyone with mental health disorders, disabilities and chronic illness/pain.
Through analyzing trends, it is optimistic to say that there is an increasing demand for trauma informed care. The conversation surrounding health is starting to become more encompassing of mental health; also, studies and research are beginning to show a direct link between how our physical self is impacted by our mental self, more specifically how trauma affects the body.
Service Providers are capable of pivoting their care into trauma informed care and treating the body while taking into consideration the mental and physical self. The website would encourage service providers to reconsider how accessible their businesses are and provide the opportunity to be identified as a ‘safe, inclusive and welcoming service’ for those in the mental health community.
Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague. By age 40, about 50% of the population will have or have had a mental illness. Anxiety disorders affect over 5% of the population, causing mild to severe impairment. Suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15-24 year olds and 16% among ages 25-44, making it one of the leading causes of death of both men and women. Canada’s youth suicide rate is the third largest in the industrialized world. 20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder- the most disabling group of disorders worldwide. That is a staggering 3.2 million youth at risk. (Mental Health Commission of Canada (2013)
By engaging more in healthcare, not only does it help build trust between your client and you as a service provider, but it genuinely helps improve health both in the short and long term.
Trauma-informed care by definition is more person - centered. You are recognizing the effect that trauma, abuse or symptoms caused by mental health disorders / chronic pain can have on a person, years after they occurred.
Symptoms of mental health disorders, trauma, chronic pain/illness and disability affect us all differently, mind & body. Offering Trauma - Informed Care is a beautiful way to learn more about healthcare, healing and recovery because the approach recognizes the many factors that can contribute to one's symptoms or pain experiences. It provides an opportunity for others to have choice and feel like they are in control, reducing the chances of re-traumatization.
By being trauma-informed / offering trauma-informed care, you are creating a safe, accessible and inclusive space for individuals to exist.