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.
With minimal training, people can connect with their inner source of resilience. With the right kind of attention, healing begins. We practice these skills.
Culturally-specific strategies enhance a community’s ability to recover. To tap into this cultural wisdom, we identify those in the community who are already recovering and thriving. We learn from them, adopt and adapt strategies, and help them share their experiences with others in their community.
Through our process, community members:
To foster resilience and community engagement, Focusing Initiatives International:
The success of our programs has been evaluated by two independent organizations and includes:
Definition of Key Terms:
Psycho = having to do with emotions and personality
Social = rules and relations within a society, community or family
Psychosocial Wellness = Refers to the dynamic relationship between psychological and social effects, each continually influencing the other
The ability to deal positively with problems and traumas in life.
The ability to cope with problems by building on community and individual strengths and skills.