Trauma

How Seeing A Children's Home As A Place Of Hospitality Could Help Us Create A Sharing Society

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK
Jonathan Stanley

George Lyward always insisted, invariably after a longer than anticipated by the questioner pause, that Finchden Manor, the pioneering residential com...

Traumatic Events: How Children And Young People Can React, And How Adults Can Respond

David Trickey | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Parents
David Trickey

Encourage children and young people to ask questions, and try to answer them simply and honestly. They may need to ask the same question several times as a way of coming to terms with what has happened. If they do ask questions, they are probably ready to hear the answers.

Hurt People Hurt People: Lessons From Chicago's Violence Epidemic

Nicky Hill | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Nicky Hill

It was a snowy December evening in Chicago's Westside and I was wrapped up in layers with lovely warm heat blowing in my face as I sat in a big black ...

Partner Of A Sex/Porn Addict - Why Does Disclosure Matter?

Catherine Etherington | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Etherington

You know that feeling where someone you love has been lying to you? That feeling of having the rug pulled from under you? Imagine that feeling generated by the person you love most in the world. Then imagine it happening again. And again, and again.

My Past, Please Welcome My Future

Nazanin Derakhshan | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nazanin Derakhshan

Today, I tried a new route. Along the river on the crisp icy grass, the sun glazing on my cheeks, I ran, my mind taking me forward, my feet following, slower on the bumps, making sure I was firmly grounded in the mud. Finding my balance, I wanted to protect myself from falling.

The Trauma Of Community Violence

Nicky Hill | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Politics
Nicky Hill

It was just an average Thursday evening; I had been rushing between meetings and wasn't long home, I was kicking off my shoes and chatting to a friend on the phone, laughing about an ongoing joke.

Hyper-masculinity, War And Intergenerational Trauma

Kenny Mammarella-D'Cruz | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kenny Mammarella-D'Cruz

Veterans with PTSD find it very difficult to deal with emotions like fear and sadness when they come up. They don't want to admit to themselves that they have those feelings, so they push them down and try to ignore them.

Wives And Partners Of Sex Addicts - What They Want You To Know

Catherine Etherington | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Etherington

I personally interact with hundreds of women on a regular basis who have lived, and are living, through the shattering discovery that their partners and husbands have a secret sexual life. I am committed to giving them a voice so I asked them what they would tell you if they had the chance. Below is a summary of the major points they wanted you to know.

The Middle East's Mental Health Crisis

Sara Tofiq | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK
Sara Tofiq

We need to see more efforts being directed towards raising awareness about the nature of mental health too, from its signs, treatment and recovery routes. Hopefully this will lead to a positive transformation of attitudes.

Redundancy - To Hell And Back To The Future

Cerys Aedy | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cerys Aedy

These days I'm hearing more and more about the stress and heartache redundancy brings, so I decided to write a very personal piece reflecting the gamut of emotions I experienced whilst going through this very same process.

Healing a Suicide Attempt: Cartooning My Experience

Amani Omejer | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amani Omejer

Life post-overdose had a different intensity to it - I couldn't run from my struggle anymore. I couldn't keep stuff shoved down and carry on regardless. I couldn't neglect my needs because saving myself after overdosing (I called the ambulance) was cementing a promise to myself - I was going to do this.

Ellie's Story: An Avoidable Death. Why We Need To Treat Addiction And Mental Illness Together

Joy Hibbins | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Joy Hibbins

This is Ellie's story which I hope highlights the need for changes in the way we help people who are using alcohol or other drugs and who also have significant mental health issues.

Please Don't Call Us 'Difficult to Engage'

Joy Hibbins | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK
Joy Hibbins

"He/she is difficult to engage." It's a term that I have often heard used by psychiatric staff when talking about patients. I was described as "difficult to engage" when I was under mental health services and now that I run a Suicide Crisis Centre, I frequently hear the same phrase used by psychiatric staff who signpost to us.

Trust Me

Nicky Hill | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK
Nicky Hill

Trust me, I'm a doctor. Well I'm not but trust me anyway. Would you? Would you trust someone with your physical health who had no medical trai...

Peacebuilding in Ukraine

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

When discussing International Alert's work in conflict regions with colleagues, associates, donors, etc., I sometimes feel that we understand each oth...

When We're Talking About Equality, We Mustn't Forget the Most Marginalised

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

We've got to get better at reaching all of these women and girls. At recognising the ways in which gender, trauma, poverty, race, and other forms of inequality combine together to trap them. We need systems and services to recognise when women are experiencing these multiple forms of disadvantage, and to provide safe, effective, trauma and gender informed support.

Tackling the Cycle of Re-offending, Addiction and Mental Health

Mike Trace | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Mike Trace

Today's prison reform announcement from the Prime Minister comes at an important time for prisons, that have been facing increasing pressures for many years. As the departing Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick, put it - never before has drug use in prisons been such a significant threat to their security or to the chance of true rehabilitation for offenders.

Finding Joy After the Tears

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 28.01.2017 | UK Parents
Zoe Clark-Coates

First let me state this...by being happier that does not mean I don't miss my children, as I do. It also does not mean I am glad to have gone through loss, as I am not. I wish with my whole heart they were now with me and I would gladly hand back the lifelong journey of grief.

Three Surprising Reasons Why Emotional Pain Is Power

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

Your pain is a part of you, it will never leave you. But how you view your pain is negotiable and changing your framework for how you register emotions could be the first step in gaining emotional intelligence.

Mitigating Trauma Amongst Genocide Survivors and their Children and Grandchildren

Noam Schimmel | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK
Noam Schimmel

In the case of Holocaust survivors, in Europe and North America it was only in the late 1970s and 1980s that society slowly and sometimes hesitantly became willing to hear and increasingly receptive to their narratives of pain, loss, and rebuilding of their lives.

Why I Am Glad To Be Growing Another Year Older

Leigh Kendall | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Parents
Leigh Kendall

It's an irony of life that when as children we are eager to be older, to be an adult with responsibilities and to make our own decisions. Yet when we are an adult we wish we could liberate ourselves from those wished-for responsibilities, slow down the clock against ageing.

#Jazzhands, Trauma and Male Violence

Louise Pennington | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

This idea that universities must become 'safe spaces' free of dissent or discussion is infantilising an entire generation of students. Staff put content notes on lectures, but you cannot study history without learning about genocide, mass rape and religious wars.

Released from Captivity

Bathoul Ahmed | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK
Bathoul Ahmed

Focus group discussions with internally displaced people living in camps and urban areas reveal that many women and girls - mainly from Yazidis communities - are still missing. Often, they have suffered inexplicable abuse.

How Undereating Is F*cking Up Your Recovery

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

If my life has taught me anything then it is this: Doesn't matter what we are recovering from, all recovery is just a bridge. The start of the bridge is a destination we find ourselves that we don't want to be in. The end of it is the place where we will feel normal again.

How I Rescued My Brain

David Roland | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Roland

In July 2009, early one morning, I was wandering around the house fully dressed when I asked my wife (she later told me): "What am I supposed to be do...