Support Trauma Talks on Giving Tuesday

Support Trauma Talks on Giving Tuesday

Our goal is to raise $100,000 so that we may get Trauma Talks into the hands of all people living and working in prison.

Gaining awareness through Trauma Talks can:

  • positively influence the lives of all the men and women who live and work in prisons
  • promote proactive rather than reactive behavior
  • potentially reduce the recidivism rate in the USA
  • benefit the communities and families of returning citizens
Together, our compassion, humanity and generosity will make the difference.
Map showing Pilots of Trauma Talks
Fritzi in front of men showing them Trauma Talks
Compassion Prison Project with the men at Valley State Prison

"Trauma is an experience that overwhelms your coping mechanisms leaving you bewildered, and a sense that there is no way out."

Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., President of the Trauma Research Foundation, Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School and author of the NYTimes Bestseller “The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma”. Tweet
Hand on back comforting man

Time spent at the prison was intense, filled with a rollercoaster of emotions that served to broaden our understanding of the plight of the incarcerated. Valley State Prison residents, correctional staff, and the Compassion Prison Project team found themselves on a journey, moving from moments of joy to moments of sorrow, all the while recognizing our innate compassion for one another since nearly all had experienced some form of childhood trauma. At the same time, a generosity of spirit shown through the eyes of the participants. Residents spoke from the heart, expressing their inner struggles while staff reflected upon their own pasts and the impact their childhoods had upon their present experience.

This month, leading up to Giving Tuesday on November 30th, we will be sharing our experiences from this trip with you via social media and our newsletter. We will share stories that brought both joy and sorrow and enlivened deep compassion. Stories that were transformative, which opened our eyes and touched our hearts.

We Journeyed through Joy, Sorrow and Compassion while sharing about Childhood Trauma

Week 1: Joy
Week 2: Sorrow
Week 3: Compassion
Nadine Burke Harris shaking hands with prison resident
Week 4: Transformation
Man and woman holding a "you matter" sign
California Surgen General Nadine Burke Harris holding CPP's workbook, Trauma Talks

"There's nothing in my mind that feels more important than doing this healing work, and I'm going to tell you we need it now more than ever, because there's more isolation, there's people, there's more separation, there's more trauma happening now than we've seen in some time."

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Surgeon General, State of California on occasion of Trauma Talks at Valley State Prison, September 2021 Tweet

Compassion Prison Project’s mission is to create trauma-informed prisons and communities by addressing childhood trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and the detrimental effects trauma can have on mental and physical health, as well as on the choices individuals make during their lifetimes.

Follow our stories and on Tuesday, November 30th join us to celebrate the global Giving Tuesday campaign by supporting Compassion Prison Project’s efforts to bring trauma awareness, via Trauma Talks, to as many prisons and communities as possible.

to top