Posted on: Jun 30, 2021
In honor of Mental Health Awareness month (May), AMDA - The Society For Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine formally acknowledged the pain we have all endured, and continue to endure, by launching the “Healing Together” campaign.
"Every home is unique. Each community must first take account of the specific ways that COVID affected their teams (and is still impacting them) and identify ways to support each other moving forward."
AMDA said The Behavioral Health Advisory Council will make this a focus for the coming year and provide content to support the process. Key features will include trauma-informed conversation guides and teachings on self-compassion. Research is clear that there is no one way to deal with grief or trauma, but that we must engage in the emotional processing of loss to restore function and even achieve a higher level of functioning
"Collective trauma requires collective healing, and it begins with sharing our stories. Our work in nursing homes across the country suggests that people are eager to tell their stories, and that telling them brings a great sense of relief."