Helping women move forward after the effects of a traumatic event
A traumatic event can occur at any time and without any prior warning, hence we are not always prepared for dealing with the after-effects and even if we are, such events can really take their toll on us both emotionally and physically. You don't have to go through this alone as there are resources to help you move forward.
Websites Offering Support:
can give you the support you need to move forward if you’ve been affected by crime. Their services are free, confidential and available to anyone in England and Wales, regardless of whether the crime has been reported or how long ago it happened.
supports families bereaved by Murder and Manslaughter. After this type of bereavement you can feel lonely, frightened and isolated and truly feeling as if no one understands your pain and grief but everyone within SAMM knows how that trauma and pain can affect you.
What Doesn’t Kill Us: A guide to overcoming adversity and moving forward
Research has shown than anywhere from 30 to 90 per cent of people confronted by tragedy, horror and adversity emerge as wiser, more mature and more fulfilled people, sometimes despite great sadness. Relationships become stronger. Perspectives on life change. Inner strengths are found.
For the past twenty years, Stephen Joseph has worked with survivors of trauma and sufferers of posttraumatic stress. In this groundbreaking book, he boldly challenges the notion that trauma and its aftermath devastate and destroy the lives. His studies have shown that a wide range of traumatic events – from illness, separation, assault and bereavement to accidents, natural disasters and terrorism – can act as catalysts for positive change, strengthening relationships, changing one’s perspective and revealing inner strengths.
In What Doesn’t Kill Us, Stephen Joseph shares the six steps we can all use to manage our emotions and navigate adversity to find new meaning, purpose and direction in our lives.
Sometimes it can feel like there’s a gap between what we plan or hope for in our lives and the reality we’re faced with – a so-called ‘reality gap’. Sometimes it’s a startling reality gap caused by the death of a loved one, for example, or a serious illness, a freak accident, divorce or the loss of a job. Sometimes it’s a little gentler: envy, loneliness, resentment, failure, disappointment or rejection. But whatever form your ‘reality gap’ may take, one thing’s for sure: it can cause us great distress. Based on the scientifically proven mindfulness-based approach called ‘Acceptance and Commitment Therapy’ (ACT), this self-help book will teach you how to cope effectively when life hurts and you will learn not only how to survive life’s unexpected curve balls, but also how to thrive, despite them.
The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma
Research has shown than anywhere from 30-90% of people confronted by tragedy, horror and adversity emerge as wiser, more mature and more fulfilled people. This can happen even despite great sadness. Relationships become stronger. Perspectives on life change. Inner strengths are found.
What causes people to continually relive what they most want to forget? and what treatments could help restore them to a life with purpose and joy? Here, Dr Bessel van der Kolk offers a new paradigm for effectively treating traumatic stress.
Neither talking nor drug therapies have proven entirely satisfactory. However, using stories of his own work and those of specialists around the globe, this book sheds new light on the routes away from trauma. These lie in the regulation and syncing of body and mind.
Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again.
A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.
“I wrote this book because the oldest clichés remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven’t been able to see it . . . Words, just sometimes, really can set you free.”
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Invisible Injury
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a natural emotional reaction to a deeply shocking and disturbing experience. The symptoms are surprisingly common and include: sleep problems, impaired memory, inability to concentrate, hypervigilance (feels like but is not paranoia), exaggerated startle response and hypersensitivity, panic attacks, irritability and violent outbursts, joint/muscle pains, and feelings of nervousness and anxiety. A former sufferer of PTSD, David Kinchin tells his story and those of ten others. He describes in plain language what it is like to suffer from PTSD and explains all the complications the disorder can include. He gives advice on seeking help and the treatments available. Now David Kinchin shares his knowledge and insight in a unique book by a former PTSD sufferer for PTSD sufferers, showing you how to recover and put the experience behind you.
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