Building Thriving Communities Together

Resilience is the ability to deal with and recover from difficult situations. North Carolina is recognized as a leader in the United States for promoting resilience. Across the 100 counties that make up our state, there are many efforts to promote personal, organizational, and community resilience.

Imagine a North Carolina where individuals, families and communities experience less adversity and have nurturing environments and resources from the start. The purpose of this website is to share information and resources with the thousands of individuals, organizations, and communities across North Carolina who are working to prevent trauma and create successful communities where everyone can succeed.

The 4 R’s of Trauma

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency) defines trauma as an event or series of events that is experienced and has lasting effects on a person’s mental, physical, social, or spiritual well-being. When caring for an individual, organization, or community that has experienced trauma, SAMHSA has identified four key assumptions that should be made. These factors are called “The Four R’s.” SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach | SAMHSA Publications and Digital Products


A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed REALIZES the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery.


A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed RECOGNIZES the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system.

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A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed RESPONDS by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices.


A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed actively seeks prevention and RESISTS (RE)TRAUMATIZATION.

Click on your county to connect with multi-sector organizations working on resilience-building.

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See whats happening throughout North Carolina as well as other important events.

This site is made possible by a generous grant from the The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust