:sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it
At the root of compassion is the Latin words, “com” meaning, “with, together” and “pati” meaning, “to suffer”. In the mid-14c. compassion or rather, “compassioun” meant “suffering with another”. Today’s definition includes a significant alteration, “a desire to alleviate” such suffering. It is a significant change.
It is also a key ingredient in executing Wake the Nation’s vision, mission and goals. As the Wake the Nation team works to complete our 2019-2022 strategic framework we find ourselves defining the values that shape, support and reflect our philosophy. Compassion is at the core.
Compassion is the heartbeat that pumps motivation into our team. At the center of the organization’s circulatory system, it supplies inspiration, transports love enriched determination and creates momentum. Compassion is responsible for Wake the Nation’s movement.
Recognizing the stigma surrounding substance use disorder and mental health which prevents people from seeking help, we wish to alleviate it. No longer should any person have to suffer alone.
As we move forward, designing the framework with which we will base our work, compassion is among our most valued beliefs. It is how we will treat our clients, it is how we will respond to those who do not understand mental health illness and it is how we will carry out our mission. We expect you to hold us accountable. And we hope you will consider carrying on with compassion too.