It's normal to have strong emotional or physical reactions following traumatic incidents like the distressing event on Bourke Street.

The way a person reacts to trauma depends on many things, such as the type and severity of the traumatic event, how much support is available, other stressors in the person’s life, their level of resilience, and whether they have experienced traumatic experiences before.

Common reactions include a range of mental, emotional, physical and behavioural responses. These reactions are normal. 

Find out more about trauma, reactions, and recovery on the Better Health Channel.

Children and young people can react to trauma very differently to adults, and often in surprising ways. For information on how to talk to children and young people about trauma:
Trauma and children – tips for parents
Trauma and teenagers – tips for parents

Person-centred services and care