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Trauma-Informed Communities Throughout Allegany County Hosts Multiple Virtual Events in Honor of National Trauma Awareness Month

[Allegany County, NY] – May is Trauma Awareness Month which gives people a chance to learn about trauma and how it can affect children, families, and communities. There are two free events happening in Allegany County, organized by Trauma-Informed Communities throughout Allegany County (TICTAC), to celebrate Trauma Awareness Month and help build awareness about its importance.

“Trauma-informed care is a way of understanding people who have been through trauma. It teaches us to think differently about their experiences and how we treat them.” States Jonah Crump, TICTAC Coordinator. Instead of asking “what’s wrong with you?” We ask, ‘what happened to you?” This approach shows support and acceptance. It is important to learn about trauma-informed care to respond better to trauma in our community.

On May 24, 2023, from 12pm to 1pm, TICTAC is hosting a virtual panel discussion with mental health experts. This is a chance for our community to learn from local experts and understand how to find a therapist who can help with trauma. People should feel motivated to find a therapist who is trained in trauma therapy and who they feel comfortable with.

To register for the panel discussion, please visit Trauma Informed Care for Finding and Building a Relationship with Your Therapist Tickets on Eventbrite or go to traumainformedalleganycounty.org/upcoming-events.

On June 1, 2023, from 5pm to 7pm, TICTAC is hosting a community event at the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville, New York. We will be watching a one-hour documentary called ‘Resilience: THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS AND THE SCIENCE OF HOPE.’ The film talks about how bad experiences in childhood can lead to heart disease, cancer, substance abuse, and depression, to prevent these experiences to help the next generation have healthier lives.

After the film, there will be a chance to hear from local trauma experts during a question-and-answer session. This conversation will help paint the picture of what trauma looks like in Allegany County. There will also be a call to action to join TICTAC and spread the word about trauma-informed care.

If you want to attend the in-person event Resilience film screening and panel discussion, pre-registration is encouraged. You can do so by visiting traumainformedalleganycounty.org/upcoming-events.

If you have any questions about these events, please contact Jonah Crump at crumpj@ardentnetwork.org. To learn more about Trauma-Informed Communities throughout Allegany County, you can visit www.traumainformedalleganycounty.org or find us on Facebook.

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