Many people grieving the loss of someone to suicide also experience the effects of trauma.
Trauma is an experience that is emotionally painful, distressing, or shocking that can result in temporary or ongoing mental and physical health concerns. You might experience feelings and emotions associated with trauma if you found the person who took their life or if you have been affected by hearing the details of a friend or family member’s suicide.
Reactions to trauma
As with grief, people react to trauma in different ways. Your mind and body may react to trauma immediately or over a period of time – days, weeks, months or even years.
Some of the more common reactions are listed below. Not everyone will react to trauma in these ways, but being aware of changes in your behaviour and thinking can help identify symptoms of trauma.
These reactions can be distressing, however there are ways to work through trauma and in many cases, these feelings will decrease or you will learn to manage them better with time.