Trauma

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 09.02.2016 | 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 01.02.2016 | 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 26.08.2015 | 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 24.08.2015 | 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...

Five Hard Truths About Adoption Adoptive Parents don't want to Hear

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

Adoptees. We're allegedly 16% of America's estimated 500 serial killers whilst we represent only 2-3% of the population1. We're also the heroes of pop culture from Harry Potter and Frodo Baggins, to Superman and Luke Skywalker. In real life we're Nelson Mandela, Steve Jobs, Bill Clinton, Marilyn Monroe...and Ted Bundy.

Reflections on Birth Trauma

Natasha Batsford | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Batsford

Like many others that leave women suffering from Birth Trauma, it was a birth that medical professionals would consider to be "successful". After all, both he and I left for home in good physical health. So what was the problem? Did I expect too much from childbirth?

Setting the Record Straight on Paul Gascoigne

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Sport
Carrie Armstrong

When I think about Paul Gascoigne I think about his sheer resilience. His determination to provide for those he loved something that has eluded him his entire life. Yes he fell, hard. And he picked himself back up. Countless times. And as it stands he sadly has fallen more times than he has risen. But not because he had it all then threw it away further down the line.

Childhood Cancer and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Anne Speckhard | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anne Speckhard

For parent and child, a cancer diagnosis is a mental shock. And the physical shocks that follow that diagnosis- invasive treatments, surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy are also difficult to bear, also potentially traumatising.

Why We Use Distractions to Escape Our Pain

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

Escaping pain never works. You can try, but there will always be a time when you are left alone in the abyss of your thoughts and the pain will re-surface. Drugs, sex, alcohol.. they are perfect engines for your own escape, but eventually they will become your consistent means of running away from what is actually hurting you.

Tell Me What Is My Name?

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Jonathan Stanley

An effect of trauma can be experiences of disorientation and disconnection. Impingement on a person can be so severe that it has the potential to inhibit the development or fracture fragile identity, or there is a need for pathological compliance with the demands of another that are inimical to your own best interests.

BAAAAARRRRHUMBUG?

Gina Lyons | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Lyons

You feeling Christmassy? You excited for the time off, the overeating, the family fun and the presents? You love this time of year? All the film watching, Roses munching, Baileys drinking fun you can have eh? Well not me.

PTSD and the Experience of Witnessing a Helicopter Crash

Martina Keens-Betts | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martina Keens-Betts

There was an almighty thud which echoed about the surrounding Alps as the helicopter crashed and snapped in two. Hundreds of skiers stood and watched with wide-eyed horror during the dreadful and eerie silence that followed as though nature, without exception, always proffers its own mark of respect following sudden destruction and death.

The Unnatural Disaster of the Bedroom Tax

Julian Dobson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Julian Dobson

It is causing emotional and psychological turmoil among people who have little other than their communities and social networks to rely on.

There Is No Scientific, Ethical or Legal Justification for Killing Animals in Military Trauma Training Exercises

Matt Freeman | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK
Matt Freeman

MoD is flouting the law and perpetuating the myth that shooting animals helps save human lives on the battlefield. The truth is that having military personnel try to repair the wounds of pigs who have been violently injured on a firing range does not help humans.

The Mental Health of Security Contractors Cannot Be Ignored

Professor Neil Greenberg | Posted 01.12.2012 | UK
Professor Neil Greenberg

Over the past 15 years, there has been extensive research into the mental health of military personnel, but we know very little about the mental health of security contractors.

Iraq - Humble Advice to Its People

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 09.03.2012 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

Edmund Burke, the Irish political philosopher, wrote: "When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacr...