When mass trauma strikes, faith leaders are called upon to guide and sustain communities through the aftermath. Their role is to help us heal.
But who heals the healers?
Healing the Healers is a new media resource intended to support clergy, laity, social workers, first responders and other spiritual care providers facing community-level trauma. The five-part film series is accompanied by a discussion guide including written reflections by scholars, clergy and other experts.
In the series, Rev. Matthew Crebbin of Newtown Congregational Church, leads an important conversation with faith leaders who’ve experienced mass trauma, either suddenly, as at Newtown or during 9/11, or through ministering to a community facing chronic violence, such as Hartford, CT or St. Louis, MO.
For Immediate Support
If you, as a leader of your congregation, are experiencing a personal emergency or mental health crisis, call 911, the disaster distress helpline (800-985-5990), or the national suicide prevention lifeline (800-273-8255) for immediate assistance. If you are experiencing vocational distress, contact representatives at ictg.org, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 805-364-4496, to receive personal care or coaching.