Trauma

What Do Adoption, Suicidality And HIV Have In Common? The Answer Lies In Childhood Trauma

Alison Barnes | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK
Alison Barnes

Seven-year-old Ralph finds school challenging. While his classmates work intently on the maths task at hand, he fidgets, screams, pokes the child next...

Five Tips For National Carers Week

Alison Murdoch | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Alison Murdoch

"Whenever possible be kind. It is always possible," says The Dalai Lama. When life is at its most unfamiliar, depressing or frightening for your family and friends, please don't back away - it's when they need you most.

How To Talk To Children About Traumatic Events In The News: Five Top Tips

Lucy Maddox | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Maddox

The horrific recent bombing at the Manchester Arena might mean you are seeking help or support about how to talk to children in your life about highly traumatic events. Here are five top tips.

The Effect Of Trauma Is Reversible

Laura Morrissey | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Morrissey

I attended the Attachment & Trauma Conference (12th-14th May 2017) in London, along with 1200 other individuals. I found the developments in neuroscience and its application to therapy fascinating and reassuring, if at times too complex to fully take in! Dan Siegel (1) talked about integration being;

When A Bad Day Becomes A Good Day

Thuy Yau | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK
Thuy Yau

Today should be considered a good day. I went to student placement. Facilitated my first ever proper workshop. I got wonderful feedback from the young...

Lives At Risk: We Urgently Need More Mental Health Care For People Who Experience Dissociation

Joy Hibbins | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK
Joy Hibbins

They called out a psychiatrist who expressed concern about the "disconnect between my thoughts and emotions". I had no idea what this meant. He explained that in his view it was dissociation. This was confirmed by other psychiatrists in the following months.

Holding On To Life

Frances Harrison | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK
Frances Harrison

Tired and in shock, he leans on her shoulder as if it were his mother's. His reddened eyes keep on closing as he nods off, drained by sleepless nights...

Will MPs Feel Safe Today?

Anne Payne | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Politics
Anne Payne

Despite Theresa May's positive insistence that Parliament will come together as 'normal', MPs and staff who felt that their life might have been under...

How Raw Is 'Too Raw'?

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

I know that triggers are complex, unpredictable and create unique reactions. As a psychologist, I get that. What I don't get is how an honest and real talk featuring a few clips can be 'too raw' when it comes to the ugly field of Domestic Abuse.

Losing My Husband, Daughter And Leg Taught Me The True Meaning Of Resilience

Victoria Milligan | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK
Victoria Milligan

life less ordinary banner I thought I would collapse from the pain of my grief, I literally imagined myself melting into the floor in one big grief puddle. I look back now, four years on, and wonder how I have survived. I suppose the reality is that I had no choice. Time doesn't stop just because a major tragedy happens in your life.

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 24.05.2017 | 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 16.03.2017 | 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...