JACKSON, Wyo. – Trauma is complex. It affects both the body and the mind significantly and requires a thoughtful and informed response. Healing from intimate partner violence, child abuse, neglect or exploitation is absolutely possible, but not without care and professional help.

At Jackson Hole, the Community Safety Network and Teton Youth & Family Services work together in innovative ways to help not just individuals, but entire families find a path to healing after a crisis.

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According to the Mayo Clinic, “the long-term activation of the stress response system and the overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones that follow can disrupt almost all of your body’s processes. This increases your risk for many health problems, including anxiety, depression, digestive problems, headaches, heart disease, insomnia, weight gain, memory problems, and difficulty concentrating. “

In other words, the kind of harm caused by domestic violence, abuse, and exploitation is never purely physical or emotional. Each survivor is unique and needs a compassionate and holistic approach to their healing journey.

Teton Youth & Family Services and Community Safety Network provide highly qualified attorneys and staff as well as assistance in providing resources for physical and emotional healing after a crisis. Chronic, long-term stress affects the mind and body. Recovering from these effects requires patience and commitment – both things that are always available in these organizations.

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The need for these services has increased in recent years: a trend exacerbated by the stressful effects of the pandemic. At the same time, the amount of government funding these two organizations receive has been cut. Together, their basic operating costs are approximately $ 4 million – 85% of which goes straight to customer service.

In the past three years, TYFS has lost nearly $ 500,000 in government funding and expects to lose another 20-30% over the next two years. Similarly, CSN estimates their organization will have lost nearly $ 250,000 since the beginning of last year by the end of 2021. In short, as demand increases, the available funding decreases.

Together, stronger support directly the way in which CSN and TYFS help families to heal from trauma – physically and emotionally. Help keep these services available, excellent, and free to those who need them.

Visit StrongerJH.org to contribute to the Getting Stronger Together fundraiser or to learn more about the services and collaboration between the Community Safety Network and Teton Youth & Family Services.

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