What can we all do to support people who have experienced trauma and promote resilience?

In 2014 the Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County (MWCAC) was interested in learning how to promote resilience and recovery for people in our community who have experienced traumatic events.  The MWCAC wanted to know; “what can we all do to support people who have experienced trauma and promote resilience?” In an effort to answer that question, the MWCAC partnered with Wilder Research to develop a white paper to provide information on the effects of trauma on individuals and to offer recommendations that the MWCAC could act on designed to inform our community about the effects of trauma and to offer supports to individuals who have experienced trauma. 

This white paper, Trauma and Resilience, is a “snapshot” providing a basic overview of trauma and its impact, principles of trauma-informed care or support, and effective approaches to promote recovery. It also includes specific recommendations to consider as initial steps in providing support to people who have experienced trauma.

 Recommendations from the white paper include:

  • Increase understanding of trauma and its impact.
  • Reach out and offer support to people who have experienced trauma.
  • Learn what trauma-specific services may be available in your community and make referrals.
  • In addition to trauma-specific services, help connect people with other sources of support.
  • Be a voice and an advocate for people who have experienced trauma.
  • Practice positive self-care.
  • Promote positive youth development.

The MWCAC is working with the NAMI Minnesota and the Anoka County Chapter of NAMI MN, to sponsor and host Mental Health First Aid trainings in Anoka County.  Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps participants identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. MWCAC, in partnership with NAMI MN, will offer a variety of courses: Mental Health First Aid, focusing on adults, Youth Mental Health First Aid, focusing on children and teens and Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety Officials.

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