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You can help: Information on childhood trauma needed

STERLING – The Whiteside County Healthier Communities Partnership is looking for information that will help local agencies find ways to alleviate and reduce childhood trauma.

All it takes is about 5 minutes of your time to complete a survey, and anyone can help, even if you don’t live in Whiteside County.

The information gathered will be used to create programs, educational materials and other resources. Participants remain anonymous.

By childhood trauma, “we are referring to intense or scary events that threaten or cause harm to a child’s emotional and physical well-being,” the introduction to the survey says.

“Trauma is different than everyday stress. If your child gets nervous before a test at school or going to a new place, you can help them through this type of stress. Trauma is an extreme event that threatens the psychological and physical well-being of the child.”

“The WCHCP believes to have a successful childhood trauma program, it is important to get information from the parents of children who have experienced trauma,” Chairwoman Beth Fiorini said.

“We are asking people to complete a survey to help us create the best possible resources we can to assist area children and families.”

Even those who do not have childhood-trauma related experiences can participate, and provide their impressions of available resources or opinions on what resources might be lacking, the release said.

Participants have until Oct. 29 to complete the survey, which is available at go.illinois.edu/ChildhoodTrauma.

Kathleen Schultz

Kathleen A. Schultz

Kathleen Schultz is a Sterling native with 40 years of reporting and editing experience in Arizona, California, Montana and Illinois.