A few words (and resources) on Orlando
Posted on June 17, 2016
In the aftermath of this week’s tragedy in Orlando, our Coldspring Center team wants to dedicate this blog post to offering condolences to the victim’s families and friends, the LGBTQ community in Florida, and to all of the helpers supporting those who have been impacted. We know that the pain is felt far beyond Florida, and we hope that our Matt’s Mumblings Blog community can come together to support one another through this difficult time. We hope this week’s post can serve as an avenue for us to reflect, connect, share feelings, and discuss a way forward together; please feel free to express your feelings in the comments section. As we are far too familiar with these days, the news and media coverage have focused on sensationalized details of the mass shooting that could make many of us feel more confused and scared. We’ve chosen two articles to share with you that we feel might guide our blog community into a more productive conversation.
The first article we have selected to share with you represents a different perspective on the issues that relate to the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study and the trauma work we do. This article highlights the paradigm shift that we teach in our trauma informed care trainings, questioning what happened to a person rather than focusing solely on their negative behavior. Using this trauma informed lens can help us reflect on where interventions may have prevented such a tragedy, and where to focus efforts as we move forward.
The second link that we point you to offers suggestions of what individuals can do now to support Orlando and each other.
More than ever, we want to let you know how grateful we are for the work you do. We hope you are all taking care of yourselves during this hard time. If any of you feel you need a refresher in self-care, we would be happy to provide free access to our Thrive: Self-Care Online Training as a form of support. For free access to this resource, please email Help@coldspringcenter.org by the end of July and reference “LoveForOrlando” in the email subject line. We are proud to stand with you for change, to help others realize that all lives matter and that hatred and blame will not solve our problems.
Sending love and hope to our community,
Bettina, Brooke, Kate, and Matt