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Psychosocial support (PSS) acknowledges that we humans are social beings and that in order for us to be psychologically healthy, we have to recognize our social connections. At Focusing Initiatives, we say that each of us needs a healthy community for true psychological well-being.
Psychosocial support also recognizes that in times of trauma and after traumatic events, some people will need professional care. Yet, even in times of crisis, most people recover and thrive through their enduring social support systems, shared norms and values, and inner resilience. PSS techniques are designed to support and promote these internal and inter-connected strengths and values. And in some cases, the recovery process brings about stronger connections, increased resilience and improved social systems.Read more
As she spoke, all I did was to listen to her, reflecting where required. As soon as she completed the narration of the complete ordeal, she stood up and said: “My brain has started working and I need to go to my unit to support my team.”
Community wellness is based on a public health approach with two assumptions. First, most illnesses are preventable, including various types of mental illness. Second, the community itself contains many solutions to its own health needs and already has many techniques to encourage resilience and wellness. […]
An Interview with Anna Willman, in conversation with Dana Hercbergs I met Anna in 2021 through the Focusing community and occasionally attended her weekly Saturday Listening Space, an online peer support group. Her facilitation style melds her own grounded attention with her wonderful sense of […]
Building a community wellness program reminds me of my recent experience knitting my grandson’s sweater. Here I was happily knitting away and I was almost finished with the body of the sweater when I realized the front was completely wrong.