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SAMHSA's Efforts to Address Trauma and Violence

A resource from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA promotes a trauma-informed approach to behavioral health care. This approach shifts away from the view of “What’s wrong with this person?” to a more holistic view of “What happened to this person?” This becomes the foundation on which to begin a healing and recovery process. While symptoms may prompt a person to seek the assistance of a doctor or counselor, employing the trauma-informed approach creates a place of safety and mutual respect where a person’s whole history can be considered. This enables trauma survivors and providers to work together to find the best avenues for healing and wellness.

Among the provided resources, SAMHSA addresses their approach to the following:

  • School and community-based violence
  • Bullying
  • Child and family trauma
  • Trauma and the criminal and juvenile justice system
  • Trauma and disasters
  • Trauma and homelessness
  • Trauma and the military