There is evidence to suggest that trauma can be passed down from one generation to the next. This is because if the trauma is severe enough, it can potentially affect someone’s genes.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

The children of those who had little food when they were pregnant were more likely to have higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. For example, the children of Holocaust survivors had higher levels of stress and a specific pattern on some of their DNA. This is evidence of maternal PTSD having affected them on an epigenetic level.

Trauma and Covid 19

Unfortunately, it is too soon to say how any stress or trauma that’s associated with Covid 19 and lockdown will impact future generations. Based on previous studies,  if someone was pregnant during the pandemic and suffered trauma or stress, they could pass those feelings onto their children.

If this is possible, it could mean that future generations all around the globe could experience higher stress levels because of their parent’s experiences. However, as previously mentioned, it is too soon to tell.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk