You can help others cope with trauma by spending time with them and listening carefully. Most people recover better when they feel connected to others who care about them. Some people choose not to talk about their experiences, and others may need to discuss their experiences. For some, talking about things that happened can help those events seem less overwhelming, and for others, just spending time with people they feel close to and accepted by, without having to talk, can feel best.

Ways of giving good support include: Show interest, respect other’s way of coping, believe what they are saying, be free of judgments and encourage thinking of ways to promote recovery.

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