Learn the skills needed to heal and cope with trauma.
While having success in the role of being a frontline guardian, critical incidents expose the workforce to cumulative, biological responses of stress, trauma, and personal endangerment. Frontline personnel repeatedly exposed to severe trauma coupled with cumulative stress may lead to an increased risk for adverse behavioral health outcomes such as; distress, anxiety, disturbed sleep or concentration, difficulties with interpersonal relationships, changes in work performance, decreases in coping skills such as substance abuse, depression and potential acts of suicide.
Struggling with anxiety, depression, behavioral and/or mental health illness, resulting from a lack of resources to manage stress and trauma, will manifest varying feelings of fear, anxiety, or depression. An early indication of such illnesses could lead to isolation. When untreated, a person lacks the coping skills to access all realms of cognitive abilities that exist in a non-stressed individual. This “shutting down” is the outcome of an overload of the fight or flight response, as identified by Walter Cannon, MD. This state of hyper arousal can be mitigated by the relaxation response, also known as breath work.
The Re-Institute provides frontline guardians with the resources and skills needed to mitigate such feelings, replacing their risky behavior with new, more productive ways of coping. We help our clients understand the underlying feelings, how to face them and regain the strength to manage emotional and physical challenges.