#Jazzhands, Trauma and Male Violence

Louise Pennington | Posted 26.03.2015 | 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 12.03.2015 | 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 12.03.2015 | 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 10.03.2015 | 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.


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...

The Plight of Iraqi Children

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 02.04.2012 | Home
Adnan Al-Daini

Of all the statistics that describe the devastation wreaked upon Iraq by the illegal war, I find the figures describing the plight of Iraqi children the most troubling and heart-wrenching.

What Doesn't Kill You Really Does Make You Stronger

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 19.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle

As German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, 'What doesn't kill you makes you stronger' and now there is new evidence to support his theory as...