Trauma is the unique individual experience of an event, series of events, or set of enduring conditions that activate a person's sense of threat to life, overwhelms their system for responding to stress, affects their capacity to cope.

Trauma can be acute, a single event like a natural disaster, assault, or car accident. It can be chronic, in which trauma is prolonged or occurs repeatedly, such as abuse, bullying, or living through a pandemic. Trauma can also be historical, in which it is accumulated across generations, like racialized trauma.

The resources below are designed to help you better understand trauma, its impact, and resources for support. If you would like to speak to a counselor to learn how therapy can be helpful in coping with the impact of trauma, please reach out to us.


Common Responses to Trauma and Coping Strategies

Student Survivors for more information about trauma related to sexual and/or intimate partner violence, stalking, and harassment