Trauma Informed Care in our Communities is a video about how we care for the people around us who need it most. It is an educational work that teaches about how trauma, racism, and albeism affect people, and how we can all help each other heal from these things and lead better lives.
Trauma can happen to a person or group of people when they experience, see, or have to face a very difficult situation. For example, situations such as death, serious injury, or threats to someone’s physical or emotional safety can cause trauma. Traumatic events can often be related to ableism or racism. Ableism is when we treat people with disabilities worse than we treat those without disabilities. Racism is when we treat one group of people as better or worse than another group based on what part of the world their families are from. Both ableism and racism can seriously hurt people.
We all have the power to help reduce the effects of trauma in our communities. In this video, one of the things that Vo and their participants talk about is caremongering. Caremongering is a new word that evolved from the word fearmongering. Where fearmongering means spreading fear on purpose, caremongering means spreading care on purpose in your communities, especially to those who need it most. It moves the responsibility of finding help off of people who are hurting, and puts that responsibility onto people who have the energy (both physical and emotional) to give that help. Caremongering includes making the effort to check in with the people in our communities. Care is also mutual- it goes both ways! The people you give care to may have cared for you in the past, or may give you care in the future. Communities are made stronger when their members take the time to take care of each other.
If you would like to learn more, you can watch the full video in the exhibition Provisional Structures: Carmen Papalia with Vo Vo and jes sachse. The video includes sign language and subtitles. There is also a Plain English document you can read that shares the same educational information, and transcripts of the video in French and Urdu.