About Shay


“When we learn the biology of fear, we do not have to allow it to railroad us aboard the Trauma Train Express.”

I became a Trauma Awareness Activist-Artist after I turned to the mainstream medical system for help with Developmental Trauma and was repeatedly retraumatized and set back instead. As part of my recovery I launched my personal initiative, #TraumaAwareAmerica to help trauma-uninformed frontline healthcare providers understand the need for trauma awareness and Trauma-Informed Care (TIC).

As the Covid-19 pandemic created a pre-traumatic state for most, I expanded my activism to help people learn how chronic pandemic stress can lead to trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), particularly for those who have experienced prior trauma.

Sadly, America’s mental health care system is largely trauma-uninformed and will not be much help for the many people who are already experiencing trauma. Fortunately, when we learn the biology of fear, we do not have to allow it to railroad us aboard the Trauma Train Express. I strive to share the best and most current information about how we can protect ourselves and help heal each other through the pandemic and beyond.

5 Responses to About Shay

  1. Blake Stelle says:

    Hi Shay,

    I’m working with an award-winning production company and a top-rated national cable network to cast a new docu-series that will explore unique perspectives on parenting — styles like attachment parenting, authoritative parenting, green parenting… you name it, we’re interested in hearing about it.

    I wanted to reach out to you and open up this opportunity to you and your family! I think that unschooling parents have an amazing perspective that should be shared with a wider audience. I’d love to speak with you further about this project.

    Over the coming weeks, we’ll be conducting interviews with prospective parents and families. These interviews will largely take place via webcam, so no travel will be required. Any parents that are interested in being considered are encouraged to get in touch with me as soon as they can.

    I invite you to read more details at http://punchedinthehead.com/casting/. Don’t hesitate to be in touch!



    Blake Stelle
    Casting & Development Associate
    Punched in the Head Productions, Inc.
    718.422.0704 ext. 117

  2. Sarah Brock says:

    Hello girl! I’m on facebook. Just wanted to check if your old address was still good. I’m on facebook too.


    Sarah Brock
    Tokyo Japan

  3. Shay says:

    Hi, Sarah! So wonderful to hear from you! I am in my own house now, not far from there, but not there! I will email you!

  4. Woweeeeee. This is so AMAZING. Thank you, thank you, thank you, so so so so so so much for the work you are doing for all of us.

  5. Shay says:

    David, thank you very much for your enthusiasm and support! I owe it all to you. <3

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