A recent article in Mental Health Weekly highlights a new report released by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare about the effectiveness of serving veterans' behavioral health needs in the community.
70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. That’s 223.4 million people. Feelings of intense fear, horror, helplessness, and hopelessness can paralyze trauma survivors when seeking treatment. And extreme stress can overwhelm a person’s ability to cope.
But trauma survivors have rights too. This “Recovery Bill of Rights for Trauma Survivors,” created by Thomas V. Maguire, Ph.D., outlines the rights a trauma survivor inherently has, and should expect to exercise, throughout treatment. It describes expectations everyone coping with trauma should have for treatment, personal communication, dependency in therapy, and personal boundaries.