Collective Trauma and COVID-19
Collective trauma is a when a catastrophic event significantly alters the basic fabric of society. 9/11, and how it has impacted how we travel, is a good example. COVID-19 is clearly a collective trauma and the steps to “recover” from this trauma are “simple,” but not necessarily “easy.” Foundational to our recovery are healthy social support systems.
Change and Transition
There are a number of wonderful changes and transitions in my life, but even good things can sometime be stressful. Getting a promotion is a good example. I am going to step away from the blog for a bit to focus on some upcoming resilience trainings and developing a teletherapy practice. I’ll be back in…
Bad News-Good News
NIOSH (https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2021/04/06/suicides-first-responders/)recently blogged about the high suicide rate among first responders and what could be done about it. While some suggestions for addressing the problem were presented, many are already in place (e.g., peer support). More needs to be done on the front end of responders and healthcare providers careers, along with support along the…
The High Cost of NOT Addressing Mental Health
The cost to our economy for NOT addressing the mental wellbeing of all of us, let alone responders and healthcare providers, is astronomical. IF organizations can take the long view and recognize prevention and support pay positive dividends, they will actually not just save lives but money.