If you want a neat hashtag for that maybe you could use #TraumaAwareness, because that is precisely what we need to develop — a trauma-aware society. One in which we refuse to accept the comforting and convenient lies and distortions that cover over and excuse the perfect storm of trauma and childhood abuse. One in which we hold politicians and those in power to account — not for the high-profile crimes of a few, but for their collective failure over decades to prioritise the needs of millions trauma survivors. A trauma-aware society is one in which we refuse to buy into deceitful narratives spun by the large pharmaceutical companies that tell us all we need to do is to medicate away the pain, so we don’t have to deal with the real issues. A trauma-aware society is one in which psychotherapy is no longer the preserve of the well off and privileged, but is accessible to all who need it. A trauma-aware society is one in which we start to dream about communities of wholeness and transformation, places where those broken and marginalised by trauma and childhood abuse can find care, acceptance and love. Then we need to take the steps to begin to turn those dreams into a reality.
Human beings are built for relationship. Our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being depends in large part on our experience of secure, stable attachments formed early in childhood, and this need is echoed throughout our lives. Whether we have a small circle of family and friends or a large one — our psychological health will be reflected in and affected by the quality, stability and safety of our close relationships.