A recent survey has shown that half of people who live in New Hampshire have experienced a traumatic event at some point in their lives. Studies have shown that people who experience trauma early in their lives are more likely to have health problems later on down the road.
Ten percent of people who did not have a traumatic experience in childhood were in poor health. Seventeen percent of people who had a traumatic experience had poor health. Traumatic experiences include things such as witnessing domestic violence, abuse, neglect and having a relative with a substance abuse problem.
According to njtvonline.org, the survey showed that nearly half of people had at least one of those experiences. Women were more likely to have a traumatic experience. The survey showed that 53 percent of women, and 46 percent of men had a traumatic childhood experience. Additionally, 62 percent of the people who had four or more traumatic experiences were women.
The more traumatic experiences a person had, the more likely they were to have poor health. They were also more likely to use drugs and alcohol. Patricia Tilley is the deputy director of the State Division of Public Health Services. She stated that childhood trauma is a public health issue that needs to be addressed.
Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen are two Democratic senators in New Hampshire. They hope that they will be able to create policies that address this issue. Jeanne stated that we are not spending money where it really matters.
Maggie’s mother is a school teacher. She asked her mother why students still struggle in the classroom despite the fact that they are very intelligent. Maggie’s mother stated that every child needs to know that they have an adult in their corner.
Officials stated that the results of the study illustrate the importance of helping children and adults who have suffered trauma. Adults who have mental health problems are more likely to abuse drugs and have mental problems.