This series of articles in September has focused primarily on advocating and supporting someone who has suicidal ideations or has attempted to die by suicide.

As September is National Suicide Awareness Month, we shall continue to address the causes and treatment available to those who are suicidal and their families and friends.

In this article, we shall examine together the link between complex trauma and suicidal ideation, examining closely what both are and how to help someone you love and yourself.

Complex Trauma


Since September is suicide awareness month, learning about self-advocacy is the basis of all healing from complex trauma and defeating suicidal ideation in oneself and dealing with it in others. When you stand up for yourself and meet your needs, it is easier to meet life on life’s terms and respond better in times of crisis.

This article shall explore with you who and what a self-advocate is, plus the advantages self-advocacy brings to the lives of those who practice it who live under the shadow of a loved one or friend who is suicidal.

What is a Self-Advocate?


Suicide is a topic most folks would rather not speak about. It is frightening that someone they love could decide they do not wish to live any longer and leave them in a cloud of grief and guilt. However, just because we don’t talk about suicide does not mean it will go away.

September 2 was complex post-traumatic stress disorder awareness day, and September 10 is suicide awareness day. …


The stress and tension from trauma can kill. We know this fact because of the volumes of research that have been done on the subject. Not only can stress and tension be fatal, but they also can be the root cause of self-deregulation leaving survivors struggling in their relationships and lives.

Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®) can lower your stress level by inducing the release of the body tension that has built up because of trauma. In this article, we shall examine how TRE® helps a survivor to self-regulate and feel better.

Emotional Self-Regulation and Trauma


Traumatic stress is one of the most common reactions to distress. These reactions are believed to be held in the body as well as the mind. Trauma releasing exercises TRE® is a new way to release stress and control the effects of trauma.

This article shall continue our discussion of traumatic stress and TRE® plus outline the benefits of tremoring to those who perform it.

A Recap of Traumatic Stress


Healthcare is one of the highest expenses most people will incur during their lifetimes. The high cost of healthcare has driven many to worry about how they can afford to pay for it, causing some to ignore their mental and physical health problems.

This July, our articles have focused on the definition of a trauma healthcare team and how forming one can aid in your healing from complex trauma. In piece four, we shall spend our time together exploring the costs involved in having a trauma team and ways you can pay for it.

A Reflection on What Constitutes a Trauma Team


Healing from complex trauma takes time, and having a treatment team that is supportive and well-trained in trauma-informed care can be an enormous help. In this article, we shall discuss together more disciplines you can have on your care team and how they can help you heal.

Your Trauma Treatment Team


In the first part of this series on treatment planning, we focused on what constitutes a treatment plan. If you remember, “ A treatment plan is a document outlining the proposed goals, plan, and therapy method to be used by you and your professional. This plan directs the steps the mental health professional and you must take to help you heal.”

This article will focus on what encompasses a treatment team and how having one can help you heal safely and productively.

What is a Treatment Team?

You might be wondering, what is a treatment team? The phrase refers to all the people who are…


Upon seeing a mental health specialist, we are often unclear about what brought us there, our purpose for seeing them, and our goals for the future. One method mental health professionals use to help both you and guide your healing journey is to form a treatment plan.

But what is a treatment plan?

This article will explore this question and provide information on treatment plans and some of the people involved in your healing. After reading this article, you will see just how vital a treatment plan is to help you travel the road less taken.

What is a Treatment Plan?


In previous posts in this series, we have discussed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as though it occurs alone. Unfortunately, thinking that PTSD acts alone would be incorrect. Many other diagnoses that a person with PTSD can have include complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD).

This piece will explore what happens when a person suffers from both diagnoses, PTSD and CPTSD, at the same time.

The Similarities and the Differences Between PTSD and CPTSD

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