GRATITUDE FOR GOOD
A Blog by Gratitude Alliance
(Reposted from The Gracias Foundation, now called Global Gratitude Alliance)
Many of us feel confusion, lack motivation, feel blue or face traumatic life events at some stage in our lives. We are lucky in the developed word to have access to help and support to resolve these potentially debilitating issues, via friends, health professionals, the internet, self-help groups, therapy, and many more.
Academic studies have long since proven that survivors of trauma, especially from events in early childhood, are more likely to suffer from emotional and mental challenges later in life. These challenges not only put their own futures at risk, they can also prevent survivors from raising emotionally healthy children of their own. And hence the cycle of trauma can continue from generation to generation.
The women and young people we work with have a safe place to live, food and access to education. But that’s only part of the story. They must also overcome severe emotional and mental trauma - the result of the death of parents to AIDS, living on the streets for years, facing a daily struggle to find even one small meal a day, or sexual violence and torture that is so extreme that it is unfathomable. Many face other issues such as survivor guilt or living for years without parental or adult guidance.
Giving access to therapies and programs which help heal and offer strategies for daily mental and emotional health are an important aspect of our mission to improve and empower people. It's about giving hope, resilience, the ability to cope better with uncertainty, fear/anxiety, and even find the motivation to live, work, achieve, and care for oneself and others.
Through our Safe Embrace Trauma Healing (SETH) program, we are building a brighter and safer future for some of the world's bravest survivors - giving women, children, and young adults the opportunity to finally break free from the cycle of trauma, shame, neglect, abandonment, poverty and dependency and build strong sustainable futures for their families and communities.