Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) remains OPEN during this pandemic–working from home and physical distancing–and we’re here to help you. As the COVID-19 crisis evolves and we move into new phases (reopening and re-engaging), we want to support your efforts. (Please see the video blogs from Mandy Davis, Director of TIO.) Using the trauma informed care (TIC) principles to guide our work, we have created COIVD-19 TIC strategies, workforce wellness strategies including video blogs, and various tip sheets to help you in your work.
These resources were initially created in response to COVID-19, but as we find ourselves navigating the important and emotional conversations about racial equity, they will help us apply a trauma informed lens to these efforts as well. Please ask us any questions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. How do I communicate in a trauma informed way? How do I create trust and transparency so that conversations can happen? How do I monitor my staff’s coping remotely? What should our work look like as we re-engage? Send any resources or creative ideas you are using to promote resilience and mitigate toxic stress in these times.
We are using the values, principles, and practices of trauma informed care (TIC) to help us navigate this time. This includes offering grace, empathy, support, kindness, and connection. This also means advocating for a lens of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to be applied to delivering needed services now and throughout the restore, repair, and recovery phase of COVID-19 as well as these challenging times.
It is important to recognize the multiple ways we are impacted including physical, economic, mental, spiritual, and social strains. It is the accumulation of these impacts that can challenge our best coping strategies and may require us to “double up” on caring for ourselves and others. Remember as you encounter others that regardless of a person’s daily disruptions everyone is feeling a sense of distress during this time.
Below are strategies and resources that apply directly to COVID-19 but also address all who are helping children, families, and communities cope with what is happening during these challenging times.
Here are some thoughts and resources but please send us your ideas or questions and we will do our best to keep this updated (send to email@example.com). It is important to remember that not everyone has access to the same resources and multiple methods of communication will be needed.
- Leave flyers at neighbor’s houses about resources or contact information if you are willing.
- Support healthcare workers you know—deliver meals, offer to walk pets, watch children, etc.
- Offer to shop for people who need to stay home.
- Offer to call to check on someone who is home bound for emotional support.
- Start a text group for when someone is going to the store to see what is needed.
- Offer to teach remotely about how to use technology to stay connected.
- Search terms such as mutual aid and COVID-19 in your area. Groups are popping up to offer support such as this Facebook group pdxcovid19mutualaid; Instagram:@pdxcovid19mutualaid
- Coronavirus: Wisdom from a Social Justice Lens podcasts and resources centering people with chronic illnesses and disability.
- COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources