Our mental health and wellbeing are a vital part of who we are. It affects how we think, act, and feel about the world around us. It shapes our everyday life.

What is Trauma and Counselling?

The team at Relationships Australia are experienced, qualified, and committed to supporting all people, including those with disability to work through their troubles. We’re friendly, open-minded and are great listeners. Our buildings and staff are safe for you to visit. We’ll work hard to understand the problems you’re experiencing and we’ll give you a toolkit to work with and help you to find the right solutions for your mental health and wellbeing.

The resources below are to help you understand trauma and how counselling can help.

No problem is too big or small we’re here to listen to ensure you are heard and understood.

Looking for help?

Want to talk to someone you can trust? Someone who will listen with heart and help you to make a change for the better? Relationships Australia is here for you. It is never too late to ask for help.

Concerned about someone else?

You may be the first person to notice someone having trouble, or maybe you, yourself, are experiencing trouble in your life. Learning about trauma helps empower you, empower those around you, and gives you the tools to recognise someone who may be struggling.

But most importantly it increases your ability to understand and talk about trauma with others in a safe and considerate way.

In the resources below, you’ll hear from trained professionals about each topic and hear from someone with a disability about their life experiences.

Everyone deserves to be heard and we’re ready and waiting to get you started on a “stronger, safer and happier you.”

We hope the resources on this page are helpful.

On this page you will find information about:
  • What is trauma?
  • What does trauma look and feel like?
  • Tips for getting better
  • Getting help
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We are a Child Safe organisation

At Relationships Australia Tasmania (RA Tas) we consider the health, safety and wellbeing of all children and young people to be our highest priority. We strive to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. In particular, through our Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy.

Resources (Easy Read Versions)

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What is trauma?

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What does trauma look like?

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It can get better

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Getting help

Handbooks and Consent Form (Easy Read Versions)

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Service Handbook

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Consent Form

Resources (Plain English Versions)

Icon of person sitting with pain

What is trauma?

icon of person witting with head in arms

What does trauma look like?

Icon of person jumping

It can get better

Icon of people sitting and talking

Getting help

Handbook and Consent Form (Plain English Versions)

Icon of a book

Service Handbook

Icon of papers or forms

Consent Form

Here are some useful videos to help you understand counselling and trauma

What is trauma?

What does trauma look and feel like?

How it can get better

The importance of good mental health

Inclusive counselling and support

The Voices of the Forgotten Australians

The Voices of the Forgotten Australians

Forgotten Australian – Stephen

Forgotten Australian – Peter

Forgotten Australian – Les

Forgotten Australian – David

Forgotten Australian – Ana

Forgotten Australian – Joy

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Talk to our professional staff today.

Our staff are here to help you find the support and service that is right for you and guide you through the process.