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World Trauma Day

Mark your calendar and join us in honoring World Trauma Day - a day to honor those who have experienced trauma and help raise awareness of its effects!
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October 17
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Get ready to celebrate World Trauma Day on October 17! This day was created by the World Health Organization in 1997 to raise awareness about the devastating effects of trauma. Every year, individuals around the world come together to help reduce mortality and morbidity caused by injuries due to violence, accidents, or any other traumatic event. The goal of this special day is to highlight the importance of prevention and recognizing those affected by trauma so they can receive proper care.

History of World Trauma Day

World Trauma Day Dates

World Trauma Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1997</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>World Trauma Day Inception</div><div class='timeline-text'>The World Health Organization established World Trauma Day to build awareness about the widespread impact of trauma and the need for effective prevention measures.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1998</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Observance of Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first observance of World Trauma Day kicked off globally, involving healthcare providers, survivors, and community organizations in numerous awareness activities.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2002</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Emphasis on Trauma Care</div><div class='timeline-text'>Focus shifted towards improving trauma care systems worldwide to reduce the mortality and morbidity caused by traumatic events.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Trauma Prevention Efforts</div><div class='timeline-text'>Increased worldwide initiatives launched on trauma prevention, including road safety campaigns, violence prevention programs, and workplace safety standards.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2017</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>20th Anniversary Celebrations</div><div class='timeline-text'>Countries worldwide commemorated the 20th anniversary of World Trauma Day with special campaigns, highlighting the resilience of trauma survivors and the ongoing need for trauma research and advanced care.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Trauma Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to a trauma charity</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Consider donating money or resources to an organization that helps those suffering from trauma, such as a veterans' group or a mental health facility.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a local shelter</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find a local shelter that provides services for those suffering from trauma and volunteer your time. You can help out with anything from sorting donations to simply spending time with the people in need.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create an art project</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Create an art piece that expresses your feelings about trauma and share it with your community on World Trauma Day. This could be anything from painting to writing to sculpting.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a fundraiser</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Hold a fundraiser on World Trauma Day in order to raise money for organizations that work to provide relief and support for those who have experienced trauma.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a discussion group</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organize a discussion group on World Trauma Day where people can come together and share their stories of trauma in a safe and supportive environment.</p></div></div>

Why We Love World Trauma Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Raises awareness for trauma</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Trauma Day helps to raise awareness about the impact of trauma and how it can affect individuals, families, and communities. Educating people about this important topic helps to reduce its prevalence and ensures that those who have experienced trauma know they are not alone.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Supports mental health</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Trauma Day is an important reminder that mental health is as equally important as physical health. It encourages people to seek help if they need it and reminds us all that there is no shame in asking for support when the emotional wounds from traumatic events become too deep.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Promotes healing</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Trauma Day encourages people to come together and share their stories, helping to foster understanding and acceptance. It also shines a light on the importance of seeking treatment for those who have been affected by trauma, so they may begin the journey of healing and find peace of mind once again.</p></div></div>

5 Eye-Opening Facts for World Trauma Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Trauma is the leading cause of death worldwide for individuals under the age of 45</h3><p class='facts-content'>According to the World Health Organization, injuries caused by trauma such as car accidents and falls are the leading cause of death for individuals ages 15 to 44.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There are two primary types of trauma: Physical and Psychological</h3><p class='facts-content'>Physical trauma refers to bodily injuries, while psychological trauma relates to emotional distress. Both can have lasting impacts, highlighting the necessity for effective treatment strategies.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Post-traumatic stress disorder affects approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults every year</h3><p class='facts-content'>This anxiety disorder can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, demonstrating that trauma's aftereffects can persist for significant lengths of time.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There is an established link between trauma and chronic diseases</h3><p class='facts-content'>Research has found that adults who experience multiple instances of childhood trauma are at increased risk for chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Proper trauma care can greatly improve survival rates</h3><p class='facts-content'>In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that improving trauma care worldwide could prevent as many as 2 million preventable deaths each year.</p></div></div>

World Trauma Day FAQs

When is World Trauma Day?

World Trauma Day is celebrated on October 17 every year. In 2024, World Trauma Day will occur on a Thursday.

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