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Lifelines

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Going through the coronavirus pandemic is hard on everyone - businesses are closed, people are stuck at home, we have fears for our health and the economy. The shared experience is remarkable - but it’s undeniable that it’s harder on some than others. For those who’ve experienced trauma in their lives, this time can mean being cut off from resources, support systems, and routines that help make daily life manageable.

Over the course of a week, May 4-8, we will talk with people who understand trauma to gain more insight into what’s helping all kinds of people get through. We’ll learn more about how trauma affects the brain, and check in with local experts on available resources and strategies people can use to cope even during this pandemic.

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Essential workers are balancing the stress of possible infection on the job, with family life and isolation caused by social distancing, and this includes law enforcement.

Police officers are not traditionally perceived as the type to talk about feelings.

But the Nashua Police Department has been looking at different ways to help officers cope with the stress and trauma of the job.

This story is part of our series Lifelines: Addressing Trauma in the Age of COVID-19

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Because of COVID-19, the New Hampshire Department of Corrections suspended all visits and volunteer services at the state’s prisons on March 16, more than 7 weeks ago. 

Nicole Belonga has been serving time at the New Hampshire State Prison for women in Concord for 11 years.

She says these efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus have cut off almost all contact with the outside world, making stressful prison life even more so.

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Before the coronavirus pandemic, an alternative school in Rochester was finding new ways to help its students cope with difficult situations.

Bud Carlson Academy is on its way to becoming the first trauma-skilled school in the state.

This story is part of our series Lifelines: Addressing Trauma in the Age of COVID-19

Principal Bryan Kelliher says most of the students enrolled there didn’t succeed in a typical high school environment, and many have experienced childhood trauma.

Victoria Valente of Derry

As part of NHPR's series on trauma in the time of COVID-19, "Lifelines," The Exchange focuses on New Hampshire's refugees. Refugees who resettle to New Hampshire may experience trauma before, during, and after resettlement, and as they build new lives in the Granite State, we look at how the pandemic fits into this process of establishing stability, wellbeing, and community in a new place. 

Click here to find more of "Lifelines: Addressing Trauma in the Time of COVID-19."

Air date: Thursday, May 7, 2020

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Caregivers are one group of essential workers who have continued showing up for their jobs daily amid the coronavirus pandemic.

At the Spaulding Youth Center in Northfield, staff work with children with disabilities and children who've been neglected or abused.

This story is part of our series Lifelines: Addressing Trauma in the Age of COVID-19 

Often workers have their own past trauma, or they can experience secondary trauma on the job.

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Two months ago, before the coronavirus pandemic transformed the world, I met in Manchester with a man named Mukhtar Idahow. He was born in Somalia, raised in Kenya, and has been advocating for refugees in New Hampshire for about 15 years.

This story is part of our series Lifelines: Addressing Trauma in the Age of COVID-19

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All this week, as part of our series Lifelines, NHPR is looking at something that even in normal times, isn't easy to talk about -  trauma.

Linda Douglas is the trauma specialist at the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. She’s been working with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in New Hampshire since 2005, and she regularly runs trainings on trauma for institutions across the state.

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The coronavirus pandemic has led to intense isolation for many people as they've been stuck inside their homes to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Isolation is hard on everyone, but it can be particularly difficult for those who've experienced trauma.

NHPR's new series Lifelines is taking a close look at trauma in the time of COVID-19. We wanted to know what kind of resources are out there for dealing with isolation.

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Parts of New Hampshire’s economy are starting to open up, but a stay-at-home order remains in effect. We’re still crowded into houses with restless kids, still out of work, and still missing a lot of the things we used to do. 

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It's been just over a month since pretty much everything about normal life in New Hampshire has changed.

On March 29, Gov. Chris Sununu made the same decision as many other leaders around the world -- to close all non-essential businesses and tell residents to stay inside their homes.

For people already living with trauma or those in difficult home situations, it's been especially challenging. NHPR's new series Lifelines will look closely at trauma in the time of COVID-19.