Mary Gubbe Lee addresses trauma and self care


   Mrs. Mary Gubbe Lee hosted a seminar about trauma, what it is, and how you can deal with it.

First, trauma is about an event that happens to someone, how they experience the event and the effect it has on them. 89.7% of adults report exposure to at least one experience that made them have post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 60% adults report experiencing abuse in their life. There are two different kinds of trauma: primary trauma and secondary trauma. Primary trauma is something that happened to you directly or you saw someone who you are involved with go through trauma. Secondary trauma is when you experience trauma through a friend. 

   Mrs. Lee said, “Trauma is always there. You can carry it around with you everywhere.” Then what was mentioned was the side effects of trauma and what makes people vulnerable to trauma. The side effects vary from person to person but the common ones are retreating/isolating, self harm, or harm to others. The things that could make you more vulnerable include the severity of trauma, proximity to trauma , mental illness, or more trauma. 

   But you may be wondering, “If you are listing the things that make it worse, well what makes it better?”  The things that make it better are having good family ties, strong primary relationships, connection to the community, a job you have, or something meaningful. 

If you are having a hard time getting help there is a website called Nami.  Nami stands for National Alliance on Mental Illness. You will find connections to people that can help you and there are public sessions you can go to as well.