MASON CITY, Iowa – How much do you know about the effects of trauma?
Wednesday, the North Iowa Trauma Initiative is hosting a series of workshops to better define different types of trauma and teach the public coping strategies. Trauma can include severe events like physical or sexual abuse or fighting in a war, but even seeing a bad car accident could cause someone to experience trauma. Organizers of the event say trauma has broader impacts that we sometimes don’t consider.
“You should care because of it basically results in how safe and secure the community is, it effects how people conduct themselves,” Mark Neibauer, Director of Four Oaks, said.
Neibauer explains if one suffers from trauma it can impact their productivity at work or in school and could lead to substance abuse.
The North Iowa Trauma Initiative is hosting six of these workshops in various counties.