Media Release by The Hon Michelle Landry MP

Untangling the knot of trauma – Blue Knot Day 2019

Today marks the tenth anniversary of Blue Knot Day, established by the Blue Knot Foundation to raise awareness of the more than five million adult survivors of complex trauma.

This year the theme is: Untangle the knot of complex trauma.

Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Michelle Landry, today highlighted the important role of Blue Knot Day in providing hope and optimism for Australians who continued to battle the ongoing impacts of trauma that they experienced as children.

“We all have a role to play in helping to untangle the knot and complexities of childhood trauma. Empowering survivors and supporting them in their recovery is paramount to their healing journey,” Assistant Minister Landry said.

“I am joining the Blue Knot Foundation this year in asking Australians to support the estimated one in four adults who are living with complex trauma.”

Assistant Minister Landry said that the Morrison Government continued to recognise the bravery of survivors and victims’ in coming forward with their story.

“As difficult and painful as it is to remember these stories, it is so important that we make sure that the trauma suffered never happens again,” she said.

“Counselling support services are always available for people to discuss their emotions in a safe and confidential environment.”

As specialists in phone counselling and complex trauma, the Australian Government engaged the Blue Knot Foundation to deliver counselling services for the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, and currently for the National Redress Scheme.

The Blue Knot Foundation will also deliver free and independent counselling for people impacted by the Disability Royal Commission, through the National Counselling and Referral Service.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 000. For counselling services, the Blue Knot Foundation can be contacted on 1300 657 380.