Face Masks & Trauma

The potential impact of wearing face masks on trauma survivors can be very serious. For some, it feels like a relief to hide a little more in a socially acceptable way. However, “many survivors are on high alert looking for cues of present danger in a world which was previously dangerous.” Masks obscure important facial cues that can reassure hyper-vigilant states. Here’s a great, free two-page resource about the impact of mask-wearing on people with complex trauma and on ways to cope with the current pandemic. Check out this tip sheet from Blue Knot, or @BlueKnotOrg, which has, by the way, many useful fact sheets and practical suggestions.

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