‘Stand Grow Thrive’ Offers Free Trauma Care Training to Businesses

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Stand Grow Thrive Mahoning Resiliency Movement, led by Judge Theresa Dellick and Richard Hura of the Mahoning County Juvenile Court, seeks to address the impact that depression and anxiety can have on the mental, emotional and physical health, as well as productivity of Mahoning Valley employees.

Stress and anxiety experienced in the workplace was exacerbated by the pandemic, says Dellick. The goal of Stand Grow Thrive is to learn how to conquer trauma “so we don’t let it engulf us,” she says.

“The one thing we do know is that businesses and organizations have employees with depression and anxiety that affects their daily work,” Hura says. Of those who suffer from depression, 80% report some functional impairment and miss an average of 4.8 work days, “and that’s a lot,” he says.

“Every employer has people who have issues,” Dellick adds. “And by recognizing them for what they are, you can turn that employee into a better employee in terms of productivity.”

Stand Grow Thrive already serves more than 100 individuals in each of its social services and educators’ advocacy groups, and looks to replicate that with free trauma-informed care training for businesses, she says.

The organization worked with the Ohio Department of Health to determine what to do to be trauma-informed. Both Dellick and Hura are certified trauma-informed trainers and conduct free trainings for businesses. Companies can send staff members to trainings to get certified themselves, then go back to their places of employment to train the staff.

Interested employers can contact Hura at 330 740 2244 ext. 6589. The group has already had success in training some area schools.

“We’re beginning to spread the word and we have a lot of people who want to get involved,” Dellick says. 

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