COVID-19, Trauma, and the Collective

Updated: Dec 10, 2020

In the current COVID-19 pandemic, there is a huge need to address mental and emotional health issues. The world is undergoing an unprecedented global trauma that causes more people to suffer from loneliness, anxiety, depression, sadness and feelings of being overwhelmed. Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, founder and medical director of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, puts trauma into perspective for the everyday person: “One does not have to be a combat soldier, or visit a refugee camp in Syria or the Congo to encounter trauma. Trauma happens to us, our friends, our families, and our neighbors…Since time immemorial we have rebounded from our relentless wars, countless disasters (both natural and man-made), and the violence and betrayal in our own lives. But traumatic experiences do leave traces, whether on a large scale (on our histories and cultures) or close to home…They also leave traces on our minds and emotions.”

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can arise from traumatic experiences, and Dr. Melanie Greenberg says that PTSD can “cause phobias, sleep disturbance, negative mood, anxiety, and attention/concentration difficulties that interfere with academic or career success.” Many people have lost their jobs in the midst COVID-19, and others are trying to readjust to new working environments and circumstances. Nevertheless, collectively, businesses and organizations are facing challenges on how to support their workforce through this major change. Managers are taking on new coaching and emotional leadership roles that may be unfamiliar. They are having to find impromptu solutions to uncharted challenges and problems. In these cases, understanding mental and emotional health issues is more important than ever. The impacts of this collective trauma can be tolling on a team.

If you are feeling overwhelmed on where to start, Artio can guide you through the process. Here are a few things we are currently offering:

1. We will share information about the impacts of collective traumas, particularly through disaster situations, and how it affects our working experiences.

2. Together we can create a plan on how to address your challenges and outline options to reduce stress and solve arising problems.

3. We provide virtual trainings and content to help integrate creative solutions, based off our plan of action.

We would love to schedule an initial call with you and are happy to answer any questions you might have. Continue to follow our blog and social media pages (Instagram & Facebook) for more resources, and we will get through this together.

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