Why Trauma?

Approximately 90% of people in the United States are exposed to at least one traumatic event during their lifetime, with most experiencing an average of 4 traumatic events. Within the general United States population, over 8% of individuals will develop posttraumatic stress disorder in their lifetime, highlighting the pervasive nature of trauma's impact.

For marginalized and vulnerable communities, trauma often intersects with systemic inequities, intensifying the harmful effects and perpetuating cycles of adversity. These communities face heightened exposure to traumatic events and encounter barriers to accessing appropriate care and support. Moreover, systemic injustices amplify the consequences of trauma, leading to disparities in health outcomes and well-being.

The toll of trauma extends beyond individual suffering, manifesting in heightened healthcare costs, decreased productivity, and strained social services. Epidemiological studies have shown PTSD is a costly disorder, largely due to its association with additional medical conditions and poorer physical and mental health outcomes. Further, trauma-related conditions contribute to a significant burden on healthcare systems and public resources, exacerbating existing disparities in access to care.

Considering these challenges, there is an urgent need to understand trauma, prevent its occurrence, and develop effective interventions to promote healing and resilience in the face of it, particularly among underserved populations. Our vision at MTOP is grounded in the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to heal and thrive. Through our mission of fostering equity and justice, we are committed to addressing the intersecting factors that contribute to trauma and inequity.