BEAUTY AFTER BRUISES FAQ's
Who do you help?
Our outreach is to the adult survivors of childhood trauma who have
Complex PTSD and/or dissociative trauma disorders.
What’s Complex PTSD?
C-PTSD is a posttraumatic disorder that stems from severe, repetitive trauma - most often in childhood, but not always. This can range anywhere from in-home child abuse to domestic violence, human trafficking, captivity and any exposure to prolonged trauma where the victim is at the mercy or complete control of another.
You can read much more about C-PTSD here.
What are 'dissociative trauma disorders'?
This category refers to DID (dissociative identity disorder); all OSDD (other specified dissociative disorder) subtypes; and other
trauma-based dissociative disorders, including those still in the process of proper diagnosis, or even currently misdiagnosed (such as DP/DR, and a common misdiagnosis, BPD). Not all dissociative disorders are trauma-based, but most are and we are here for them. These disorders typically come in tandem with C-PTSD and develop under very similar circumstances. These, however, tend to be more specific to early childhood trauma, especially DID. DID only forms before the ages of 6-9, though some research suggests even earlier.
The symptoms of dissociative disorders can be more severe than C-PTSD and carry considerably larger stigma.
A dedicated page to dissociative disorders is coming soon. In the meantime, we have two articles (here and here) on DID.
For more information on OSDD (and all dissociative experience), this site is an excellent resource.
how do you help complex trauma survivors?
We provide the finances necessary for these patients to get the therapy, psychiatry, inpatient treatment, and other therapeutic services that they need and deserve. We also help by directing them to local resources as well as to books and other written materials that can help them in their healing. Additionally, the entire BAB team works very hard to educate both clinicians as well as the public on trauma disorders. This, in turn, helps survivors by providing their loved ones and care teams with the tools that they needed in order to support all survivors more effectively and with grace. We do each of these things while also offering an abundance of support, compassion and validation along the way.
You can learn more about the challenges survivors face with treatment availability,
accessibility to care, the financial burden, and more, here.
what else are you doing to help?
Our other primary objective is to create greater professional and public awareness for these disorders and the survivors who have them. The public is still largely unaware, but more devastating is the limited number of trained therapists and psychiatrists able to recognize or treat these patients. Furthermore, there are less than 10 U.S. hospitals equipped to take a patient in need.
We are in the process of changing that.
HOW CAN SURVIVORS GET HELP?
They can click here and fill out an application for a grant and send it to Bab.GrantRequests@gmail.com with the subject "Application Submission". Or, they can simply email any questions or concerns about the process to the same address. Survivors can also engage with us via social media if that feels safer at first.
For those who don't need financial assistance at this time, great care, support and interaction can be found through our various social media accounts, as well as
the blog portion of our website where we write resource articles specific
to Complex PTSD and DID.
We are active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter - with the latter two most
mental health- and survivor-focused in content.
Does the severity of one's trauma Increase their chances of grant approval?
In short, no.
We take a wide variety of factors into consideration when approving grant applications -- trauma severity is not one.
While we do need to make sure our applicants fit the criteria of having experienced complex trauma,
grants are determined on a case-by-case basis and our focus revolves more around patient safety,
the severity one's symptoms, availability and/or competence of one's treatment team, level of family/friend support,
and - of course - financial need. How badly one was traumatized in their youth, or adulthood,
does not weight one's application heavier. Because of this, as well as the nature of working intimately with those
who endured great trauma, you may see this CORRESPONDENCE NOTICE from time to time:
Your voice matters. Your story is important. We care deeply about your pain -
both past and present. However, knowing details of the trauma you've experienced - especially those which are graphic in nature -
will not help us help you better. In fact, it can deplete our resources and clarity, leaving us less efficient in guiding you
to the help you deserve. Severity of trauma also has zero bearing on approval of grant applications.
We care about you, so for your safety and ours, we ask that you refrain from sharing traumatic material.
In the event of an emergency, please contact your local crisis center or call 911.
We will gladly help when your safety has been ensured.
Are you actually a non-profit, though?
All of our board members are 100% volunteers, as are all of our helpers and advisory teams.
Not a single person takes so much as a penny for their efforts.
YEAH, BUT WHAT ABOUT, LIKE, PROMOTIONS AND ADVERTISING?
Absolutely everything we do and put out there has been volunteer-made or donated. The only expenses that ever go out are for fundraising events where a certain vendor cannot donate a service, or an item is needed that must be purchased at a store - but those are all included in the Budget Balance for that event where we always return a much greater profit for our survivors.
Nothing is ever lost or used that we don’t get a far greater return on.
HOW CAN we HELP SUPPORT survivors OR GET INVOLVED?
1.) Donate! 2.) Volunteer! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, saying you want to help and
we’ll find a spot for you! 3.) Come to an event! Get the latest information via our Facebook page; something is always going on over there. 4.) Spread the word! Tell a friend, share our posts, tweet a celeb - just get the buzz going somehow! 5.) Get creative! If you wanna help, but none of these things feel right,
your heart will come up with something that does, and it'll be perfect.
WHAT ABOUT THERAPISTS, CLINICIANS, OR BUSINESSES
WANTING TO PARTNER OR GET INVOLVED?
EMAIL US! email@example.com