A traumatic event is something that threatens your life or safety, or the lives of people around you. It is an experience that is stressful and has a significant impact on your emotional state.
A traumatic event might be a natural disaster such as a fire, flood or earthquake, or it might be as a result of a serious accident, a physical or sexual assault, losing someone close to you, or something else. Trauma can also be experienced across many repeated traumatic events (such as abuse, neglect or violence over time).
Trauma might be very different to anything you’ve experienced before and it can be hard to make sense of. Experiencing trauma might leave you with many questions about your safety and your control over your life. It can be especially difficult to deal with these feelings if you’re also dealing with other changes in your life, like getting a job, managing relationships, or moving out of home