You have been involved in a violent event. Either you or a loved one has been injured or killed. Perhaps you witnessed a violent act. You are scared to go out or get close to strangers. You flinch at loud noises, passing cars or someone passing you on the sidewalk. Your dreams are filled with freaky, grotesque images waking you and not allowing you to go back to sleep. You get angry at those around you for little or no reason. You’re tired of people asking you if you are “all right!” You ask, “What is wrong with me?”
You’re suffering from trauma. The violent event(s) may have taken place recently or years ago. . The trauma exists. You need to take care of yourself.
Some things you can do to help yourself: keep up with your daily life, eat properly, and get a good night’s rest. Talking about the event(s) with people who have also experienced trauma can help. Talking also provides solace and support. Therapy might be a good choice.
Chester Community Coalition offers free services with four different ways to help you find peace and return to your normal activities. There are two group sessions with others suffering from trauma: sessions with other families and private individual sessions.
- Group counseling provides a more social atmosphere with other trauma victims who can relate to your event and problems.
- If you have lost someone through violence, a grief support group will help you to accept the loss and to move ahead with your life and lessen the loneliness of the burden.
- Whole families can find the support they need to heal in group sessions that include a meal and separate group therapies for adults and children.
- In individual counseling, you will work one on one with a counselor who can delve more deeply into your particular issues and help you to work towards normalcy.
The Coalition offers free help to families and individuals who find themselves without housing, food, clothing, and more.
Your life is important to you, your family, friends, and coworkers. Make it a priority to get whole again. Call (610) 368-0714 to talk to a staff member to see how we can help you.