Creating Your Patchwork of Support

Survivors of abuse – and those who love them – need to create a patchwork of support, including therapists and pastoral care, but also trauma-informed health care providers, friends and others. Each patchwork is unique to an individual’s needs and is uniquely each individual’s responsibility. No one can create that patchwork of people for a full network of support that mixes training and skills and talents and gifts from many people, and it permits no one person to become the only support for healing.

The Blue Knot Foundation in Australia has a site with a full review of ways to build that patchwork. While the national resources it specifies won’t apply to the 80% of our readers in the States, the overview and white papers are particularly helpful.

Consider it’s “Coping Strategies:”

Building Adaptive Coping Strategies

The coping mechanisms you used as a child helped you function during the times you were traumatised or abused. Even though these coping mechanisms were functional at the time, many are no longer as constructive in present life situations. As an adult you have more options than you did as a child. With support, you are now in a position to find other coping mechanisms/patterns of behaviour which will help you cope better in your current life.

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