Abused kids often feel alone, scared and grieve their loss of innocence.
A loss of aliveness and deep sadness, sometimes leading to clinical depression and even suicidality, settles into an abused child.
They may be sad from betrayal by someone they know—as 90% of sexual offenders are known to the child. They may believe holding their secret is protecting someone, as offenders often threaten they or family members to buy silence.
They may believe it’s their fault, and feel used, “dirty” and just different.
Or they may be carrying their secret, too afraid or ashamed to tell. All of these burdens are too heavy for a child to carry, and they show the burden on their sad faces.
IF A CHILD SHOWS WARNING SIGNS OF SUICIDALITY, THEY NEED AN ASSESSMENT FROM A MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL.
The Teachers’ Trauma Toolkit for Persistently Sad kids is built to help -
• Obtain emergency help for suicidal behavior • Create safety plan with mental health team • Teach how trauma leads to sadness and hopelessness • Build self-esteem and creative expression • Awaken their spirits by learning their likes and dislikes • Manage stress and waves of sadness
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