World Trauma Day 2022: Theme, Date, History, Importance

October 17th is World Trauma Day, a day to raise awareness of the global burden of trauma and remember those affected by it. Over the past year, the number of people affected by trauma has increased. Be it natural disasters, man-made disasters, or political violence. Trauma is estimated to affect over 300 million people each year. While there are many organizations and individuals working to help those affected by trauma, much more remains to be done. On this World Trauma Day, let’s remember those affected by trauma and pledge to do our part to heal the world.

What is World Trauma Day?

World Trauma Day was created in New Delhi, India, in 2011. This was a result of the high number of deaths caused by road accidents in the country — an estimate of over 400 people lost their lives each day to it. The day was created to reduce injuries and deaths, as well as the after-effects of trauma incidents in the country and the world at large.

WORLD TRAUMA DAY DATES

YEARDATEDAY
2022October 17Monday
2023October 17Tuesday
2024October 17Thursday
2025October 17Friday
2026October 17Saturday

The History of World Trauma Day

Trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. It is an event or circumstance that causes intense physical and psychological stress. Trauma can be caused by natural disasters, man-made disasters, accidents, violence, war, or other events.

Road accidents are considered to be one of the most common causes of traumatic experiences around the world. Traumatic experiences from military operations, domestic abuse, and sexual assaults follow shortly behind. These experiences, if not handled properly, can result in victims suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.). According to accounts dating back to the 5th century, B.C. trauma was visible in Ancient Greece and was also reported among soldiers during the American Civil War in the 1860s.

What Happens on World Trauma Day?

On World Trauma Day, people all over the world come together to remember those who have died or been injured as a result of violence and trauma. The day also serves as a reminder of the importance of prevention, and how everyone can play a role in making the world a safer place.

Events are held in communities across the globe, including candlelight vigils, workshops, and educational programs. The day provides an opportunity for people to share their stories, learn from one another, and raise awareness about the problem of violence and trauma.

There is no single solution to the problem of violence and trauma, but by coming together on World Trauma Day, we can all help make a difference.

Points to remember:

Do’s

  • Follow the road safety rules carefully.
  • Pay close attention to the warning signs and traffic signals while driving.
  • Always wear a helmet while riding a two-wheeler.
  • Avoid distractions like mobile phones and loud music while on road.
  • Take short breaks in case of long, continuous driving.
  • Keep your children away from electric switches and wires, sharp objects and medications.
  • Always keep a first aid safety kit at your home and in your vehicle.
  • Ensure that your stairs, windows, balconies and roofs are secure in order to prevent falls.
  • Learn basic life support techniques and help the injured.

Don’ts

  • Do not drive when you are tired, sleepy or drunk.
  • Do not take any risks while driving, in case you are in a hurry.
  • Do not operate hazardous machinery.
  • In case of a head or spinal injury, do not move the person from the site of accident without any professional’s help. Moving the injured person may cause serious back or neck injuries.
  • Do not give fluids to any unconscious or semi-conscious traumatized person.

What to do in case of an accident?

  • Call the emergency helpline number and get adequate help at the earliest possible. Remember that every second is crucial for the injured person. It is important that the injured receives medical care in the golden hour.
  • Call the police to report the details of the accident.

World Trauma Day 2022: Conclusion

As we observed World Trauma Day on October 17, 2022, let us remember those who have suffered from trauma and pledge to support them in their healing journey. Trauma is a very real and serious issue that affects millions of people around the world. By raising awareness and providing support, we can help make a difference in the lives of those affected by trauma.

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