The single biggest protective factor in the lives of young people who experience trauma and toxic stress is a caring adult. Like the children, youth and families that we serve, our family-serving systems are susceptible to trauma in ways that contribute to fragmentation, numbing, reactivity and depersonalization.
When our family-serving workforce and systems are impacted by trauma, it prevents us from responding effectively to each other and the people we serve. Organizational stressors prevents our most effective support practices, and unfortunately the communities most impacted by trauma do not benefit from our services.
On April 8th, 2020, Mayor London N. Breed announced the activation of Heal SF in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the mental well-being of the City’s workforce. Heal SF is a collective-impact strategy coordinated by the Our Children Our Families (OCOF) Council, an initiative under the Department of Children, Youth, and their Families (DCYF).
Heal SF aims to centralize and elevate accessible trauma-informed frameworks and mental health resources for San Francisco's family-serving workforce and systems.