Rise Together

The Journey of Healing

The path to healing from trauma is different for every individual, but we have one thing in common—we need each other. We need support and encouragement—a safe place to share our struggles. We need to see that someone cares, that we deserve a better life. And with that support, we can face our challenges and begin our journey to healing. We can build resilience and begin to rise.

Whether we have experienced trauma, or know someone who has, we all play a role. If we help each other grow stronger and more resilient from life’s adversities, we will, in turn, become stronger as a community.

What Is Resilience?

Resilience is understanding that grief, sadness and anger are natural and normal after tragedy, adversity and loss. We all experience the impact of trauma differently. And we all have the ability to heal and move forward—and help others heal as well. By creating an environment that is supportive and understanding—we become stronger. We create a new future. And we learn to thrive, rather than simply survive.

Resilience is:

  • Understanding that grief, sadness, anger, and a variety of emotions are natural and normal after adversity and loss.
  • Developing better coping skills and more becoming   more knowledgeable about ourselves.
  • Working through our emotions and understanding the impact of painful events.
  • Something we build and strengthen as we heal from trauma and adversity.
  • Built with supportive and healthy relationships, community, cultural beliefs and traditions.
  • An ongoing process that requires time, effort and support to move forward.

Building Resilience – We begin to heal.

Just as physical activities can make us more fit, there are steps to help us grow mentally and emotionally stronger—and eventually more resilient to life’s challenges. Building resilience is an ongoing process that requires time, effort and support. It is a journey that offers healing as its destination.

RECOGNIZE that we need to take action. Hoping problems will go away won’t work. We must take steps to heal. Setting small, realistic goals can give us a sense of accomplishment and a feeling that we are moving forward with our lives.

INVEST in ourselves. Begin to recognize how our lifestyle feeds our spirit or depletes it. Learn to do things that we love. Be kind to ourselves. As a result, we develop more confidence and resilience.

SEEK support from professionals. A “trauma-informed” counselor or therapist who understands the potential impact of traumatic events can help guide us on our journey to healing.

ENGAGE in healthy and supportive relationships. Turn to safe family members and friends. Make sure we are surrounded by people who care about us, understand what we are going through and will listen to our struggles.

Building a Resilient Community - We Rise Together.

Trauma affects us all, and we all play a role in building a stronger, more trauma resilient community. We do that by being caring and supportive to our friends, neighbors and loved ones. We are patient and available. We listen without judgment. We remind them that they are not alone. We encourage their survivor spirit.

When we recognize that someone has experienced trauma, we begin to see them with new eyes and understand that they need our support.

Instead of asking “what is wrong with you?” – we learn to ask “what happened to you?” That question, asked without judgment, offers a place for healing to begin.

Millions of people have found a path to healing from trauma and gone on to lead happy, productive lives. If we support that journey, as a community we can rise together.