Vicarious Trauma

Vicarious trauma is the indirect exposure to other people’s trauma such that it has the same harmful effect on our mental health as experiencing trauma directly. Experiencing this stress and adversity can directly affect mental health and impact every aspect of our lives. Building resilience to mitigate the risk of various trauma – be it in your organisation, community or family – can help to improve and manage your mental health. Phoenix Australia offers a practical framework to guide the development of healthy practices to reduce the impact of vicarious trauma.


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