Childhood trauma can have life-long negative effects on individuals’ physical and mental health — leading to significant costs to society in the form of increased healthcare, human services, education, and incarceration bills. Teachers see firsthand the detrimental effects of trauma on children’s lives, but those who don’t work with young people are often unaware of the pervasive nature of the problem.
This week the Connecticut Mirror aims to remedy that by taking an in-depth look at childhood trauma. Today’s piece describes the problem, and additional articles later this week will identify strategies for intervention and prevention. Also included are How to Talk About Trauma and Resources: Where to Find Help.