We know how hard it can be to start a conversation with your health care provider about how your trauma history is currently impacting your health. Most practitioners do not routinely ask about your mental health or trauma history, and that leaves you in the awkward position of having to start the conversation. So we designed a simple tool to make it easier for you to inform your doctor, midwife, massage therapist, or other provider about your trauma history. Below are download links to a .pdf form letter. All you have to do is print it off and fill in the blanks, then send it to your doctor’s office prior to your appointment. These forms are works in progress, so if you have any feedback on how we can improve them, please let us know.
Letters from Patients to health care providers:
General Health Care provider letter: Dear Health Care provider
Prenatal Health Care provider letter: Dear Prenatal Care provider
Letters from Health Care providers to patients:
Websites for Parenting Survivors:
ACEs Too High – https://acestoohigh.com/
- learn about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
- Get your ACE score and find out what it means for you
ACEs Connections – http://www.acesconnection.com/
- ACEs Connection is a social network that accelerates the global movement toward recognizing the impact of adverse childhood experiences in shaping adult behavior and health, and reforming all communities and institutions — from schools to prisons to hospitals and churches — to help heal and develop resilience rather than to continue to traumatize already traumatized people. Go to Groups > Parenting with ACEs to be part of their parenting focused chats.
Anxiety BC – https://www.anxietybc.com/
- Offers free online resources for managing anxiety for both children and adults
Beating Trauma – http://beatingtrauma.com/
- “Through my work as a writer, advocate, speaker and guide, I am helping survivors of childhood trauma move past the trauma and find new ways to uncover who they were meant to be, as individuals and as parents.” ~Elisabeth Cory
Confident Parents, Thriving Kids (British Columbia, Canada) – https://cptka.inputhealth.com/
- This free program is available to families in British Columbia whose children are struggling with anxiety or behavioral concerns.
Depression Hurts http://depressionhurts.ca/en/default.aspx
- A resource page created by the Mood Disorders Association for those struggling with depression.
Drug Rehab.com – https://www.drugrehab.com/
- Provides information, resources, and treatment for people battling addiction and related conditions.
- Great overview of PTSD and the different types of PTSD here.
Fathers Uplift – http://fathersuplift.org/
- Fathers’ Uplift empowers fathers to overcome barriers and become positively engaged in their children’s lives. We uplift fathers and strengthen families.
Gifts from Within –
HealWriteNow – http://healwritenow.com/
- A resource rich in articles written by and/or for parenting survivors
Heather Tuba – https://heathertuba.com/
- Education and support for partners of childhood abuse survivors
- Join Heather’s mailing list to receive a free copy of her e-book
Healthy Connections – https://fsgv.ca/healthy-connections/
- The Healthy Connections — You and Your Baby program in Vancouver, BC helps pregnant women work through trauma-related issues that can interfere with their ability to parent their children. This prenatal program is designed to begin as early in the pregnancy as possible and to continue after birth for up to three years. It is a free program.
Male Survivor – http://www.malesurvivor.org/index.php
- Support and resources for men who are survivors of sexual abuse/assault
The Mama Bear Effect – http://www.themamabeareffect.org
- An effective resource for talking to kids about body safety
Pandora’s Project http://pandys.org
- Support and Resources for survivors of sexual abuse
Parenting with PTSD Facebook Community – https://www.facebook.com/ParentingwithPTSD/
- An online community created by editors Joyelle and Dawn, where parenting survivors can learn, connect, share and discuss parenthood.
PTSD Association of Canada – http://www.ptsdassociation.com/
- The PTSD Association of Canada is a not for profit organization that exists to help those experiencing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD and those who care for traumatized individuals, as well as their families, friends and fellow workers and medical community.
PTSD Parent – http://ptsdparent.com/
Created by Parenting with PTSD contributing author Kelly Wilson. Educating, supporting, and inspiring all people living with PTSD in their homes and families.
Rachel Grant Coaching – http://rachelgrantcoaching.com/
- “My program, Beyond Surviving, has been specifically designed to change the way we think about and heal from abuse. Based on my educational training, study of neuroscience, and lessons learned from my own journey, I have successfully used this program since 2007 to help my clients break free from the past and move on with their lives.” ~Rachel Grant
Say It, Survivor – http://sayitsurvivor.com/
- A community of survivors writing their stories for personal healing.
**This list is an ongoing work. If you have a suggestion for an addition, please tell us about a resource you created, or one that has worked for you. Thank you!
Sex Abuse Chat – https://twitter.com/sexabusechat
#SexAbuseChat every Tuesday at 6 pm PST, founded/hosted by author/survivor ( @RachelintheOC) and author/survivor/therapist ( @BobbiLParish).
Trauma Recovery – http://trauma-recovery.ca/
- Provides an overview of trauma, resilience, and recovery, and offers a list of resources for more information.
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