ABSTRACT

Using extensive research, interviews with program leaders, and examples, Preventing and Healing Climate Traumas is a step-by-step guide for organizing community-based, culturally tailored, population-level mental wellness and resilience-building initiatives to prevent and heal individual and collective climate traumas. The book describes how to use a public health approach to build universal capacity for mental wellness and resilience by engaging community members in building robust social support networks, making a just transition by regenerating local physical/built, economic, and ecological systems, learning different age and culturally tailored mental wellness and resilience skills, and organizing forums that help residents heal their traumas. These actions build community cohesion as residents engage in solutions to the climate emergency.

This book is essential reading for civic, non-profit, private, and public sector mental health, human services, disaster management, climate, faith, and other professionals, as well as members of the public concerned about these issues. Readers will come away from the book with practical methods—based on real-world examples—that they can use to organize and facilitate community-based initiatives that prevent and heal mental health and psycho-social-spiritual problems and reduce contributions to the climate crisis.

Part I: A Public Health and Prevention Science Approach is Required to Build Population-Level Capacity for Mental Wellness and Transformational Resilience for the Long Climate Emergency  1. Climate Overshoot "101"  2. The Causes and Consequences of Individual, Community, and Societal Traumas  3. Elements of a Public Health Approach to Enhancing Mental Wellness and Transformational Resilience for the Long Climate Emergency  Part II: Organizing and Operating Community-Based Initiatives that Build Universal Capacity for Mental Wellness and Transformational Resilience  4. Get Organized  5. Begin Building Community Capacity for Mental Wellness and Transformational Resilience  6. Establish RCC Goals, Objectives, Strategies, and Action Plans  Part III: The Five Foundational Areas RCCs Must Emphasize to Enhance Universal Capacity for Mental Wellness and Transformational Resilience for the Long Climate Crisis  7. Build Robust Social Connections Across Boundaries in the Community  8. Ensure a Just Transition by Creating Healthy, Safe, Just and Equitable Climate-Resilient Local Physical/Built, Economic, and Ecological Conditions  9. Cultivate Universal Literacy about Mental Wellness and Resilience  10. Foster Engagement in Specific Practices that Support Mental Wellness and Resilience  11. Establish Ongoing Opportunities for Residents to Heal Their Distresses and Traumas  12. Continually Track Progress, Learn, Improve, and Plan for the Long-Term  Conclusion: The Need for a Global Movement to Enhance Universal Capacity for Mental Wellness and Transformational Resilience for the Civilization-Altering Climate Emergency