Trauma-informed care: One year later

Key takeaways:

  • Over the past year, trauma response has become a common term for both for caregivers and patients.
  • Institutional racism, microaggressions, and personal and collective reckoning with race are all factors that contribute to overall mental health.
  • Find out what Providence leaders have to say about trauma-informed care and how it can improve wellbeing.

[3 MIN READ / 30 MIN WATCH]

One year ago, George Floyd's tragic death made an impact on all of us in some way. This, combined with the pandemic and the events of the past year, has contributed to a significant rise in trauma response and stress in patients, caregivers, and youth.

Tune into this live discussion facilitated by Dr. James Q. Simmons, DNP with Chief Human Resources Officer, Jessica Ekong and Chief Executive of Behavioral Health, Dr. Robin Henderson to learn how Providence is using trauma-informed care to offer mental health care at all entry points and within different avenues of healthcare.  Topics include:

  • What is trauma-informed care?
  • What is the impact of institutionalized racism on mental health?
  • How does trauma impact mental health in the workplace?
  • In what ways can we create space to support mental health practitioners?
  • How can we continue to have important conversations about race?

Watch the video below:

Key takeaways:

  • The murder of George Floyd and the impact of COVID-19 has contributed to a significant rise in trauma response and stress in patients, caregivers, and youth.
  • Institutional racism, microaggressions, and personal and collective reckoning with race are all factors that contribute to overall mental health.
  • Trauma-informed care is a concept that looks not only at what happened to you but what matters to you and what is going in your life.
  • It is important to consider how trauma impacts mental health in the workplace and to create a workspace where values are reflected in both behavior and policies.
  • Leaders in the mental health field can facilitate change by modeling behavior and having difficult conversations so that others can feel comfortable doing the same.
  • Organizations can proactively address systemic racism by examining diversity in the workplace and working to improve hiring practices to create more representation.
  • Not all therapists are trained to understand trauma-informed care or institutionalized racism, so if your practitioner is not a good fit, do not hesitate to look for one who can meet your needs.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, there are free mental health resources and tools at work2bewell.org.

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Whether it's stress, anxiety, dementia, addiction or any number of life events that impede our ability to function, mental health is a topic that impacts nearly everyone. The Providence Mental Health Team is committed to offering every-day tips and clinical advice to help you and your loved ones navigate mental health conditions.

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