Turn Your Pain into Purpose

Trauma has no boundaries when it comes to race, age, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity or religion. It comes in many forms, whether it be the loss of a family member, the pain of divorce, abuse, a natural disaster or a moment that changed your outlook on life.

61% of men and 54% of women in the United States have endured at least one form of trauma in their lifetime, over 5 million children have been met with trauma (SAMHSA) and trauma is the leading cause of death in individuals ages 1-46 (NCIPC).

If you’re still struggling to overcome trauma, know you’re not alone, but also know that there are resources to help in overcoming this pain. We have the choice to take control of our lives so we're not only coping with trauma, but thriving in the aftermath of trauma - turning pain into purpose and loss into gain. Healthwirefm just released a new series titled Posttraumatic Growth. The series features conversations with leaders on the forefront of mental health at Boulder Crest, a retreat for active duty service members, veterans and family members dealing with post-traumatic stress. The series highlights 5 different key phases that dramatically change your perspective on life and the world around you. We’ve highlighted some our favorite learnings from the program below.

“Posttraumatic growth is both a process and an outcome. It is the way in which the experiences we go through that cause us to struggle, also lead us to be reflective, forcing us to take a knee and start to think about who we are and where we’re going and why we’re here in thoughtful and constructive ways.“ —Josh Goldberg, Executive Director at Boulder Crest
“Life can only be understood backwards. But it must be lived forwards“ —Kierkgaard
“The first step is acknowledging and accepting that struggle and trauma in our lives is inevitable and valuable, no matter who we are.“ —Josh Goldberg, Executive Director at Boulder Crest
“When I think about a good life, I think about connection…the people I’m connected to, and the value of those relationships in my life. In order to truly honor those relationships, I’ve had to do something. I had to listen to learn and learn to listen.“ —Dusty Baxley, Executive Director at Boulder Crest
“Fear has no direction. It cannot see very well. He often moves too fast and lives in both the future and the past. Courage cannot be seen unless his brother is with him. When fear arrives, sit with him and wait for his brother to show up.” —Nate McAfferty, PATHH Leader at Boulder Crest

Don’t wait- make the change for a happier, healthier you. Watch the series and begin your journey today.

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