AfterTrauma is a website that allows survivors of trauma to speak up about their experiences and find support through the stories of others. The Centre for Trauma Sciences and mental health experts across the UK have created this space online which includes resources that support readers and writers alike. Evi is a trauma survivor and she shares her struggle with depression and physical rehabilitation after a serious road accident:
“I remember being scared as I was in so much pain and dazed from all the painkiller drugs. There were lots of doctors, nurses, beeping noises, tubes, many questions thrown all in my direction, thousands of voices that didn’t make sense to me. I had no idea why I couldn’t feel my legs and what was wrong with me… I am alive thanks to amazing team of doctors, nurses, therapists, family and friends. I can never thank them enough.”
The developers of AfterTrauma continue to seek new ways to help others and are currently developing a mobile app to help survivors with motivation and recovery. They encourage readers to get involved, reach out, and learn more from others.
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