The Trauma & Grief Network website, run by the Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network (ACATLGN), part of the Medical School, was launched today. It aims to provide support for Australian families and children dealing with trauma, loss and grief.
The new website provides people with up to date information and resources, including videos, podcasts, tip sheets, enewsletters and links to trusted organisations and service providers.
Founder and chairperson of the network, Professor Beverley Raphael, said every year thousands of Australian children and teenagers experience adverse life events associated with loss, threat, exposure to violence, abuse, natural disasters, severe illness or injury. "Trauma, loss and grief are experiences that we all may face. They may impact acutely or over time. This website has been developed to help families to deal with such issues and the distress and impact on children and adolescent lives. The site also aims to help build on the resilience and strength we all have. It is an excellent resource that can be helpful through tough times and challenges in our lives," she says.
The website has been developed with the help of some of Australia’s leading professionals in the field. Resources on the website are selected by an extensive group of researchers, clinicians and other professionals.
The website is funded by the Department of Health and Ageing and is supported by ANU.