Australians support the one in four adults affected by childhood trauma and abuse on October 26, 2015
June 2015: Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA), today announced their national awareness day Blue Knot Day, Monday October 26 2015, as a day to unite as a community and support the estimated five million adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.
This year’s Blue Knot Day highlights how instrumental groups and communities are in helping survivors to recover. ASCA is urging Australians to get involved by wearing blue and hosting their own event in support of the day.
Recent research released from ASCA’s 1300 professional support line showed the severe impact of childhood trauma and abuse on both survivors and their families. From the 4,000 callers to the 1300 line in the past year, 50 per cent reported that their relationships with their immediate families were affected, 35 per cent of survivors reported impacts on their relationships with their partners and 18 per cent on parenting.
Earlier this year ASCA released a ground-breaking report which showed that as a nation, Australia could save a minimum of $9.1 billion annually by addressing the impacts of unresolved childhood trauma and abuse in adults. The report presented the annual cost per those affected for four of the major challenges faced by adult survivors of childhood trauma: alcohol abuse, mental health issues, obesity and suicide/attempted suicide.
President of ASCA, Dr Cathy Kezelman AM, said the importance of the community in the recovery of the estimated five million adults living with the effects of childhood trauma and abuse in Australia couldn’t be underplayed.
“Our research establishes the catastrophic impact of childhood trauma and abuse on the community at large, regardless of whether a person is a survivor themselves. This points to the importance of Blue Knot Day, not just for survivors but also for their families and loved ones. It is everyone’s responsibility to assist in strengthening and better equipping the communities in which we live.”
There are many ways that communities and individuals can get involved to support those affected by childhood trauma and abuse:
· Host a blue event, such as a morning or afternoon tea
· Buy or sell Blue Knot Day merchandise such as the friendship bracelets and pins
· Engage in an activity to help raise funds through sponsorship and donations
· Volunteer and join our generous supporters across the country to help raise awareness and help those adults living with the effects of childhood trauma and abuse
· Donate and turn your dollars blue. Your donation will help!
· Get involved on social media using the official Blue Knot Day hashtag #BKD2015
All public Blue Knot Day events will be registered online so that people across Australia who want to attend an event can easily access information or choose to host their own, if none is listed in their area. To register an event or activity, please contact ASCA via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
All funds raised will help support the primary prevention work of ASCA through professional training for healthcare professionals and services, education for the community and support for adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.
To check out the highlights of last year’s Blue Knot Day visit: https://www.asca.org.au/about/what-we-do/blue-knot-day.aspx
To get involved in this year’s Blue Knot Day visit: www.asca.org.au/blueknotday
Help and support is available from the ASCA professional support line on 1300 657 380, 9am-5pm Monday-Sunday.
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ASCA is the leading national organisation supporting the estimated five million Australian adults who are survivors of childhood trauma, including abuse, their families and communities. ASCA provides hope, optimism and pathways to recovery for those affected.
At the forefront of pioneering trauma informed policy, practice and research, ASCA has been instrumental in supporting the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and people engaging with it. This includes the training of key workers and practitioners.
In 2012 ASCA released Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery, a global first in setting the standards for clinical and organisational practice. In 2015 ASCA released an Economic Report, The Cost of Unresolved Childhood Trauma and Abuse in Adults in Australia, leading the conversation around the economic imperative of providing the right services for adult survivors.
Formed in 1995, ASCA provides a range of services including professional phone support with trauma informed counsellors, a referral database, resources, advocacy, research, educational workshops for survivors and family members, partners and loved ones, along with training, professional development and other services for workers, organisations and professionals, including those from health and legal sectors.
 Estimated from a range of key resources