Witnessing trauma can be as difficult as experiencing it and can cause trauma symptoms. Witnessing occurs through media reports of traumatic events, community violence, watching a loved one suffer from trauma, and being unable to help someone in danger. The video below talks about how community violence harms youth:
What can you do to take care of yourself when exposed to trauma? Limiting exposure is important, including avoiding replays of traumatic events on TV. Acknowledging the harmful effects of exposure is also important and allows us to use self care to calm and nurture ourselves. Talking to others about our feelings is helpful. Finally, doing something to help those in need can be a way to heal from exposure to trauma.