Traumatic events may happen at any time and can involve a single experience, or repeated events. They most often lie outside the rage of normal experiences. They usually involve a direct threat to a person's safety or that of others. They could include witnessing or learning about a threat or actual experience of death or serious harm of others.
Sometimes traumatic events cause a significant challenge to a person’s view of the world leaving them struggling to make sense of the meaning and emotions arising from that experience.
Examples of potentially traumatic events include but not limited to, harassment, abuse, violent personal assaults(e.g., robbery, mugging, physical attack) torture, incarceration as a prisoner of war or in a concentration camp, life-threatening medical conditions, accidents and catastrophic events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, floods, war or other mass violence.
The critical element that makes an event traumatic is the subjective assessment of a person about how threatened and helpless they feel. As such, not all people who experience a potentially traumatic event will react the same way so that one person may experience an event as traumatic while another person might not.
Despite individual differences in reactions to traumatic events we know that there are a range of normal responses that people may experience following a traumatic event.
Some individuals may experience one or more of these common responses following a traumatic event and their ability to function on a day to day basis may be initially disrupted. It is important to emphasise that this is usually temporary with reactions from the trauma subsiding within a few weeks.
Your supervisor is available for you to seek support at work during this time. In addition to this, confidential counselling is available for you to access off-site through the MAX Solutions EAP.
In some instances, your employer may also arrange for support at your workplace if a traumatic event has occurred at your workplace.
MAX Solutions can assist an organisation to prepare for and manage well through a critical event that occurs at the workplace by assisting staff deal with a traumatic event in the initial stages which increases the likelihood that things return to normal more quickly.
MAX Solutions provides telephone counselling and face-to-face services in each Australian State and Territory.
Contact your EAP: 1800 629 277 or email firstname.lastname@example.org