Connections Spotlight — National Mental Health Month in May raises awareness of the impacts of trauma on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families and communities

| May 17, 2022

By the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth

The Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth joins other organizations in Arizona in recognizing the month of May as National Mental Health Month, which raises awareness of the impacts of trauma on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families and communities. 

 “As individuals and leaders in Arizona, we understand we must heal to move forward from the current trauma of COVID-19. We recognize that all individuals not only experience trauma from situations such as a pandemic but also because of ongoing social injustice practices.

“The effects of trauma exposures on humans are detailed in research over the last two decades from the evolving sciences of neuroscience, molecular biology, public health, genomics, and epigenetics revealing that experiences such as a community trauma, individual trauma, and pandemic trauma results in significant impacts at the micro, meso, and macro health system levels.

“Being trauma-informed recognizes the presence of trauma and the role that it plays throughout someone’s life resulting from past traumatic experiences. Trauma is the response a person has to a deeply disturbing or stressful event that affects an individual’s ability to recover and impacts them mentally and/or physically. On an organizational level, being trauma-informed changes organizational culture to emphasize respecting and responding to the effects of trauma at all levels in a person’s life, including what experiences or trauma they have had that affects their identity, relationships with others, and their worldview. Healing in all policies is a must. Community healing will only occur when we acknowledge the historical harms done to individuals.

“This month marks a historic chapter in advancing our state and improving the physical, mental, and emotional health of individuals in Arizona. We call on all individuals and leaders in the state to realize that trauma exists and has widespread effects, recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma, and respond proactively and resist re-traumatization to allow for healing to begin.”



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