A major ecological--turned mental health--turned socio-political crisis is underway that has yet to be acknowledged: the detrimental impacts of climate change on personal mental health and psycho-soclal-spiritual well-being. Left unaddressed, this crisis will undermine the health, safety, and wellbeing of people worldwide and delay or completely halt efforts to reduce the climate crisis to managable levels. In response, TRIG organized and coordinates the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC).
The ITRC's mission is to promote and support comprehensive preventative initiatives in North America and internationally to proactively build personal and psycho-social-spiritual resilience for climate change. We help individuals, organizations, and entire communities learn skills and adopt norms, practices, and policies that prevent them from harming themselves, other people, or the natural environment in reaction to climate change-enhanced traumas and toxic stresses, and use those adversities as transformational catalysts to increase personal and collective wellbeing.
The ITRC is composed of more than 250 mental health, trauma treatment, resilience, education, faith, climate, and other professionals from around the globe. If you would like to help build personal and psycho-social-spiritul resilience for the impacts of climate change please join the ITRC by clicking here.
- The personal mental health and psycho-social-spiritual impacts of cimate change.
- Methods and benefits of building personal resilience as well as human resilience within organizational and communities for the traumas and toxic stresses of climate change.
ITRC Launches: "Call to Action for U.S. and World Leaders to Proactively Address the Adverse Psychological and Social Impacts of Climate Disruption"
More than one hundred eighty (180) ITRC members and others have signed this call to action. We ask you to consider signing it also. After all of the endorsements are gathered the letter will be sent to federal, state and local officials in the climate, mental health, human services, education, faith and other fields as well as elected officials and the media throughout the U.S. and internationally.
ITRC Participated in People's Climate March
The ITRC joined more than 1000 other organizations participating in the People's Climate March on September 21, 2014. ITRC members noticed that there were very few organizations participating in the march with a focus on mental health, so the ITRC used the opportunity to network with others and build awareness about the need to proactively address the human psychosocial reactions to climate disruption.
ITRC members will work together to:
a) Elevate the urgent need to proactively address the adverse personal mental health and psycho-social-spiritual impacts of climate change to a top national and international priority.
b) Identify effective preventative strategies, tools, and policies to proactively build personal and psycho-social-spiritual resilience for climate change.
c) Support, complete, and publish research in the field.
d) Develop and implement education and training programs to teach individuals as well as organizational and community leaders resilience skills, tools, and methods they can use to cope with and use climate change-enhanced adversities as transformational catalysts to increase personal and collective well-being.
- Bob Doppelt, ITRC Coordinator. Bob is Executive Director of The Resource Innovation Group, affiliated with The Sustainability Institute at Willamette University, and author of Transformational Resilience: How Building Human Resilience For Climate Chnage Can Safeguard Society and Increase Wellbeing.
- Elaine Miller-Karas, Honorary Co-Chair. Elaine is Executive Director and co-founder, Trauma Resource Institute and co-creator of the Trauma Resilience Model and Community Resilience Model.
- Dr. Glenn Schiraldi, Honorary Co-Chair. Glenn is Founder, Resilience Training International and author of The Complete Guide to Resilience: Why It Matters, How to Build and Maintain It; The Self-Esteem Workbook; Facts to Relax By: A Guide to Relaxation and Stress Reduction; and more.
- Dr. Astier Almedom is an applied anthropologist and behavioral scientist and Visiting Professor at Lund University Center for Sustainability Studies, affiliated with the Center for Societal Resilience, Lund University, Sweden.
- Jennifer Andrews is Climate Fellows Program and Campus Carbon Calculator/ CarbonMap Coordinator, University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute.
- Dr. Maggie Bennington-Davis, is Chief Medical Officer at HealthShare Oregon, and faculty member, The Sanctuary Institute.
- Patrick Carolan, is Executive Director of the Franciscan Action Network.
- Steven Hoskinson, is founder of the non-profit Organic Intelligence Outreach Institute, principal at Hoskinson Consulting, Inc (San Diego, CA), faculty JFK University, and Senior International Instructor for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Inst.
- Mark C. Johnson is Executive Director of the Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice.
- John K. McIlwain is the Director of the Garrison Institute’s Climate, Mind, and Behavior Leadership Program.
- Dr. Susan Spieler is a Clinical Psychologist in New York City with 30+ years of experience treating adolescents, young adults and adults including those who suffer from PTSD.
- Dr. Lise Van Susteren is a forensic psychiatrist based in Washington D.C. She is co-author of: "The Psychological Effects of Global Warming on the United States: And Why the U.S. Mental Health Care System Is Not Adequately Prepared" published by the National Wildlife Federation.
- Trudy Townsend is the former Coordinator of Creating Sanctuary in The Dalles, Oregon. She is also an instructor with the Sanctuary Institute and The Resource Innovation Group's Transformational Resilience Program.
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