We are facing a national public health crisis that is rarely discussed. This crisis is loneliness. Loneliness from unresolved loss, unhealed trauma, and unsupported grief. Whether you are experiencing high levels of stress, chronic stress, acute trauma, chronic trauma, and/or historical-ancestral trauma, your brain responds by going into survival mode of fight or flight. This response always leads to feelings of loneliness and isolation. We tend to experience the stress from loss and loneliness as a personal failure to be overcome privately. This hurt often leads to costly chronic diseases, addictions and reliance on sedatives and opioids, incarcerations, mass shootings, and deaths of despair.
In a disconnected society that has medicalized loss, grief, and death, the standard response is to cite a workforce shortage of mental health professionals. However, loss and loneliness are NOT medical issues with social aspects, rather social issues with medical aspects. The deficit is not within the individual, the deficit is within the community. Therefore, a social approach is needed to establish strategies and policies that strengthen social connections and community belonging. This approach is known as a Compassionate Community.
A Compassionate Community brings together primary care, public health, and multi-sectors in conversation, creatively with community members to establish a community-wide mental wellbeing preparedness plan aimed at reducing loneliness from unresolved loss, unhealed trauma, and unsupported grief. This model is a global movement established by the Public Health Palliative Care International (www.phpci.info), of which Integrative Re-Sources has partnered with Deva Nation (www.devanation.com) as the only United States affiliates at this time. The story you tell yourself about the situation, shapes your brain, your body, your breath, your behavior, and your buddies. In other words, how you respond to stress impacts your mental, physical, social, and even your financial health and wellbeing.
Contact us to learn how you can join in on the Compassionate Community movement.
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