Rais­ing aware­ness of child­hood trauma

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS -

BLUE Knot Day is an op­por­tu­nity for all Aus­tralians to sup­port adult sur­vivors of child­hood trauma and abuse by hold­ing an event, wear­ing a blue knot bracelet or pin, or post­ing to so­cial me­dia with the hash­tag #unite­bkd.

The an­nual aware­ness­rais­ing day is fa­cil­i­tated by the Blue Knot Foun­da­tion, Aus­tralia’s Na­tional Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence for Com­plex Trauma.

Re­search shows that with the right sup­port, adults who have ex­pe­ri­enced child­hood trauma and abuse can and do re­cover.

It is es­ti­mated that five mil­lion – one in four – Aus­tralian adults are sur­vivors of child­hood trauma.

The 2018 Blue Knot Day theme “real lives, real change” recog­nises the ur­gent need for sup­port ser­vices for adult sur­vivors of child­hood trauma.

Blue Knot com­mu­nity events will be held across the coun­try from Oc­to­ber 29-Novem­ber 4.

There are three ways to get in­volved:

■ Share the ‘real lives, real change’ cam­paign by down­load­ing Blue Knot Day so­cial me­dia im­ages and shar­ing with the hash­tag #unite­bkd.

■ Hold an event in your com­mu­nity, which could in­clude work­place morn­ing teas, com­mu­nity bar­be­cues, trivia nights, fun runs and faith-based events, and reg­is­ter the even on the Blue Knot Day we­biste.

■ Pur­chase a Blue Knot bracelet or pin to wear on the day or sell the pins at your event or share with your fam­ily and friends.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter an event, visit blue­knot.org.au.

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