Traumatic Stress Relief

Coping with Collective Trauma and Grief

In today’s rapidly changing world, the stressors we face seem to multiply by the day. From terrorism, war, ethnic and religious tension and violence, mass shootings, political polarization and governmental dysfunction, to global pandemics, economic uncertainty, and climate change, we are bombarded daily with what feels like a never-ending assault on our nervous systems, and uncertainty has become a constant companion. Parents, children, and young adults may feel unsafe in their community, school or workplace, and feelings of chronic stress and anxiety have sadly become the norm. Amid this barrage amplified by 24-hour news cycles and social media, it is becoming increasingly common for many of us to experience a form of trauma known as vicarious trauma. Vicarious trauma, often referred to as secondary traumatic stress, is the emotional toll taken on individuals who bear witness to the suffering and trauma of others, either in person or through media exposure. This...