Trauma Informed Care

November 14, 2016

Understanding the Root of Trauma 

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Edgewood has evolved from its days as an orphanage to an organization that actively helps youth who are experiencing a variety of behavioral health issues – many of which stem from abuse, neglect, and trauma.

According to a report by the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, 26 percent of children in the U.S. will witness or experience a traumatic event before they turn four. Trauma is pervasive in our communities and is a serious public health issue. Understanding the root causes of stress and trauma is key in its treatment. Thanks to a generous donation from Jan Marson (a former Edgewood employee), and her husband Dave, Edgewood is now one of the first community-based organizations in the Bay Area to undertake trauma-informed systems (TIS) training for its staff. This training is designed to transform Edgewood into a trauma-sensitive organization that fosters wellness and resilience for everyone. 


Young people who have experienced trauma are:

  • 15 times more likely to attempt suicide
  • 4 times more likely to become an alcoholic
  • 3 times more likely to experience depression