Sharing – What Is Secondary Trauma?
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Sharing – What Is Secondary Trauma?

When I started on this, I didn’t realize I’d be doing these sessions in the wake of layoffs and the middle of a bunch of other changes impacting these folks. Suddenly the conversation about their career goals has turned into a conversation about the trauma of going through a layoff.

As I mentioned to someone recently, this was more emotional labor than I had anticipated.

Connection Matters – An Example
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Connection Matters – An Example

As I read this, I couldn’t help but compare it to the hundreds of stories where the opposite was true. People are so afraid of saying the wrong thing or so uncomfortable with the idea of mental health issues that they run the other way. They disconnect from someone who so desperately needs connection. Someone they love is feeling all that embarrassment and pain and no longer has anyone to connect to and remind them of their value, their humanness.

As the title of Elizabeth’s post says, we need each other.