“The Elders taught us that to treat the sick trees you must treat the whole forest – you must create a healing forest. If not, the trees will just keep getting sick again.” Don Coyhis
I love the Indigenous view of healing. It is not sufficient to try to heal the individual – we must also work to heal the community. Western culture is generally focused on healing the individual – often described as treating their illness or disease – and ignores the environment and its impact on the development and maintenance of mental health problems and addiction.
What would happen to such problems if we focused on healing the community?