05/29/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Survivors Use Their Voice to Help Others Heal

I am incredibly inspired by music and the lyrics in song. Every time I hear the song by the Pretenders, "Stand by You," I think of my daughter. But today, as I was singing along, cruising down the highway, I found myself thinking also of all the survivors of violence and abuse and those I work with as an advocate with for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

The song says, "Hey, why you look so sad. Tears are in your eyes. Come on and come to me now. Don't be ashamed to cry. Let me see you through cause I've seen the dark side too. When the night falls on you, you don't know what to do. Nothing you confess could make me love you less. I'll stand by you." 2010-03-27-Window2small.jpg

The simple truth is...those in trauma treatment need their clinicians to help them break through the pain and trauma of violence and abuse. But they also need us, other survivors, to be right there with them, letting them know with our voices of experience that they too can become better than ever.

Thank you NCTSN for giving us all the opportunity to speak up and speak out for positive change in mental health/trauma treatment.