By DAMIAN WILLIAMS *
THE Breaking the Silence Advocacy Group recently distributed grounding bags to services providers in Bridgewater/Gagebrook and surrounding communities. A grounding bag is a collection of items given to and used by someone if they are experiencing trauma or in a stressful situation. It normally includes something to smell, touch, taste, see or hear.
When we are overwhelmed with thoughts or memories grounding items can be used to distract us away from the stress and on to the object. It can help bring us back from the negative memories we may be feeling to the here and now. Grounding plays an important role in recovery from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other trauma.
Together with staff from various programs within the Department of Health and Human Services, the Advocacy Group designed and packed the bags, including a personal message of hope for each of the recipients. We hope those who use the bags find them to be a useful tool in their journey.
We would like to thank Brian Mitchell MP, (Federal Labor member for Lyons) for printing support.
*Damian Williams is from The Breaking the Silence Advocacy Group