BUILDING RESILIENT AND TRAUMA-INFORMED COMMUNITIES is essential to improving public health and well-being. Communities can be places where traumatic events occur, and they also help keep us safe. They can be a source of trauma, or buffer us against the negative effects of adversity. Communities can collectively experience trauma much like individuals do, and they can be a resource for healing and building resilience.
A trauma-informed community:
Realizes how widespread trauma is
Recognizes signs and symptoms
Responds by integrating knowledge into practice
Resists doing further harm
The illustration below provides ideas and strategies to becoming a trauma-informed community.