Understanding different types of trauma can help healthcare providers take into consideration a more holistic approach to healing as part of trauma-informed-care. Let’s look at three different types of traumas: collective, historical, and generational.
Seeking out the voices from individuals who research, work with, and live in marginalized, and underserved communities helps provide a model for healing from trauma that is more representative to needs of those who are impacted by collective, historical, and/or inter-generational trauma.
Accepting Differences: One way to work with kids and teens on fostering healthy relationships is by building skills around empathy. An aspect of practicing empathy is learning to accept and appreciate differences.
A community that experiences collective trauma again and again. Communities of color have been especially hit hard by COVID-related deaths, followed by the killings of George Floyd and Daunte Wright.
“We are powerful because we have survived, and that it what it is all about- survival and growth.” –Audre Lorde.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 1 in 5 adults live with mental-illness. While the rates for mental health are similar for all adults, there are unique differences that impact women-patients across all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and eating disorders.
Tough conversations often create discomfort and can lead to avoidance. There may be reluctance to speak up due to fear of consequences. What will people think? How do I manage my own anxiety? Consider for a moment that remaining silent during tough conversations also communicates a message. What message do you wish to convey?
I’m angered by the events that have happened; I’m saddened by them. I feel disappointed, helpless, and scared. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s likely that you are feeling the same way, whether a person of color or an ally. All of our hearts are heavy as we process what has happened in our city.
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