Can Do Healthcare - Thinking Differently Together About Trauma Informed Care

including a comprehensive stabilisation and therapy programme. Taking care of the staff who are caring for staff, works through having reflective practice sessions and clinical supervision, and time to talk which is non-work related that is just to give unit cohesion and helps build resilience within the teams: By taking care of each other we are equipped to take care of other people. People who have lived experience often also experience post traumatic growth, which is important to focus on amidst the doom and gloom. If we support and intervene the cycles following terrible events can be broken, and people can go on to thrive post trauma, and we need to look at that recovery focused approach. Lived Experience – James’ Story “It started with the neglect and the physical abuse from my Mother – my real mother. I used to wet the bed where I was so nervous, and I used to get beaten so much, and my Mum never used to change it, so I would have to sleep on a wet bed every night. Obviously I went to school smelling of urine, so I used to get bullied a lot, so that is sort of where it started. I had to bring myself up because my Mum was neglecting me, and then the sexual abuse, where I was left to wander the streets late at night, at 5, 6, 7 years old – the house would be locked so I couldn’t get in the house, so I just had to occupy myself, feed myself, clothe myself and do everything myself, I found a way. That made me feel very alone, very isolated and also I had a lot of hatred inside me, a lot of anger and a lot of issues; not realising how badly that was affecting me on a daily basis. I reached out to the mental health team, and luckily enough I was able to become stabilised on medication; it slows my brain down and helps me process information a lot easier. It was the beginning of last year that I started talking to a guy called Ged, and that was where my journey started with Survivors in Transition. It’s very important for people to get the help they need: Its nice to have someone to listen to you for starters, after, for so many years, your voice falling on deaf ears and being dismissed. Just the fact that you can actually talk to a human being and they actually listen to you, you know, they’re listening and they’re interested in what you’ve got to say. Just for me that was a first, because my Mum and my Dad were never there, so I never had anyone to listen to me and to take on board what I was saying. I think that started to instill some self-confidence back in me and I started to actually feel like a person again. People are out there – there are kind people out there; there are nice people you can trust, because trust is another big issue, you know. Obviously, going through what you do as a child it’s hard to actually trust someone after being let down so many times. Thinking Differently Together | 10

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