Sleepless? Dreaming of a Time without Bad Dreams

Psychoeducational Booklet-Series “Trauma Surviving and Hope” by the NOW Working Group Trauma Surviving


We all know injuries of the body: bruises after being hit, burns when our skin has come in touch with something too hot, cuts when something sharp or spicy has hit our skin… In the same way the body can suffer from injuries, the soul can also be injured. Physical injuries are visible. Emotional injuries are invisible and therefore much harder to understand: for the injured themselves and for others, too. This story is about such an emotional injury. It also offers ideas about what you can try to feel better again.

Have you ever had trouble sleeping or bad dreams? As you will later see, you are not alone! We hope, you’re going to like the story!



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German / Deutsch

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Arabic / العَرَبِيَّة‎

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Farsi-Dari / فارسی-درى

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Kurdish Sorani / سۆرانی

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Kurdish Kurmancî

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Further issues

Do you need help?

It’s not easy to go back to a normal life after difficult experiences such as violence in a foreign place or even in your own family, in war or on the move. Many things are different now, and sometimes you are not even sure about yourself anymore.

Sometimes, you are feeling unwell, without knowing exactly why. In these times, it is good if someone is there to listen, understand and help. These can be family members and friends. When there are major problems, it is good to also see doctors, healers, or psychologists, psychotherapists or psychological counsellors.

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General Concept

In several stories about sleeplessness, concentration problems, anxiety, anger and aggression, grief, dark memories, etc. we talk about the problems faced after emotional injuries and make suggestions about what we could do to help ourselves. The purpose of the series of publications is to provide young teenagers with an understanding of the impact of traumatic experiences on their sleep patterns, ability to concentrate, etc. …

The first edition was published on the occasion of the 5th International Mayors’ Conference NOW, 29 – 30 January 2018, in Vienna, Austria. It was conceived and realised by the NOW Working Group Trauma Surviving, an interdisciplinary and international group of experts in the field of trauma survival. To reach as many traumatised children as possible we are looking for partners interested in distributing the printed edition of this booklet available in several languages: English, German, Arabic, Farsi/Dari, Kurdish-Sorani, Kurdish-Kurmanci.

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