Emerging Minds Community Trauma Toolkit

These resources have been developed to help support children, young people and families before, during and after a disaster or traumatic event.

Apr 15, 2019

Emerging Minds has released a new suite of resources designed to help children and young people affected by trauma.

Developed by Emerging Minds and the Australian National University as part of the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health project, the information and training materials include videos, podcasts, training workshops to run with your team and downloadable fact sheets.  

The toolkit is tailored to six key audiences – educators, first responders, community leaders, families, general practitioners (GPs), and health and social service practitioners. It's also arranged to match five timelines – preparedness, immediate, short-term recovery, long-term recovery and ongoing recovery.

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These resources complement Be You's Professional Learning modules related to critical incidents, which are located in the Responding Together domain.

According to the World Health Organization, a critical incident is an event outside the range of normal experience – one which is sudden and unexpected, makes us lose control, involves the perception of a threat to life and can include elements of physical or emotional loss.

Critical incidents can have a range of impacts for everyone in the learning community.

The role of the learning environment in promoting a mentally health community, preparing for critical incidents and being responsive in times of crisis have been shown to be crucial in ensuring that people receive the help they need.