Your Toolkit

In this section you will find learning and other resources to support your development of trauma informed knowledge and skills.

How to Use the Toolkit

  • Book some time with one or more colleagues to work through the presentations together, there are some exercises in each that you can do together
  • The first presentation, Understanding Trauma is the longest, you may want to book x2 two hour sessions for this
  • The second and third presentations should also take about 2 hours each
  • We suggest you have a go at the mental silence in your group so you can reflect on the experience and encourage each other to keep taking time out, should you wish to
  • Finally, repeat as often as you need a refresher – there is a lot of information and it may take several listens to really sink in

If you need to ask us anything please feel free to use the contact form on the ‘Contact’ page.

Look our for in person training via Exeter City Council Housing Team.

Most of all, we hope you enjoy using this toolkit and that it can act as a go to resource for you.


Understanding Trauma – Presentation

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Working with Trauma – Presentation

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Self Care – Presentation

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Mental Silence – Meditation Practice

This is a practice for you to try, at home or work, its relaxing and affirming, well worth taking the time. If you like it, a regular practice can make a huge difference to your wellbeing. If you don’t like it, we invite you to persevere, you may find it pays dividends to take time to calm down and relax.
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Press play above to hear the ‘Mental Silence’ meditation. The meditation is about 14 minutes long. Find somewhere comfortable and quiet, for this time for you to relax and enjoy.

Other Resources for You

Web Resources

Recovery Approaches to Mental Health

www.devonrlc.co.uk – Devon Learning Recovery provides resources and courses (part of the NHS Devon Partnership Trust)

www.recoverycollegeonline.co.uk – a comprehensive mental health recovery resource created by an NHS Foundation Trust (Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys) & the Academic Health Science Network (North East & North Cumbria)

Nature & Wellbeing

www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/thriving-with-nature/guide – this comprehensive and useful guide has been produced by the Mental Health Foundation and WWF – get outdoors and get into nature with activities by season included.

UK Wellbeing Resource

www.networkofwellbeing.org – a source of videos and articles centred around the 5 Ways to Wellbeing – worth checking out, covering topics such as nature, being active, connecting with others, giving and learning – lots of self care insights and practices.

US Wellbeing Resource

www.greatergood.berkeley.edu – a massive and growing resource covering science based approaches to wellbeing.