Post-traumatic stress disorder
Self-care techniques for women impacted by exposure to sexual violence media coverage6 March 2018
If you are a survivor of sexual harassment, violence and abuse, exposure to this in the media may be having a negative impact on your mental health. If you find it does, to help minimise this impact, there are a number of things you can try to put your wellbeing first.
Overcoming the psychological scars of a knife attack
Will Flint tells us about his psychological recovery following a horrific knife attack that left him fighting for his life.
The true impact of trauma is never fully known: a Hillsborough survivor's story10 October 2016, Guest Blogger
Hillsborough Disaster survivor Adrian Tempany looks at the mental health impact of the trauma he experienced on his mental health.
The impact of traumatic events on mental health7 October 2016
Our guide looks at how traumatic events can have an effect on mental health and what you can do if you experience a traumatic event.
Claire's story: overcoming severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder
I was diagnosed with severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder after being raped shortly after my 16th birthday. I have struggled with self-harm ever since, taken numerous overdoses and had many hospital admissions. I had buried the pain so deep inside and felt so ashamed that I despised myself and destroyed my body. In January this year, out of the blue, I received a phone call telling me the person who raped me had been accused again of the same crime on someone else. I decided I had to go forward - I needed to do what I should've done so long ago and I thought it would ease my...
Janet's story: Reclaiming madness - a search for one's true self, following sexual abuse
Giving background information about myself or writing a few lines about who I am is where I start feeling resistance. Resistance to an attempt at producing the understandable story. Trigger warning: Janet's story describes her experiences of sexual abuse and rape. I've tried that too many times in my life - to explain things to others and to explain things to myself. Madness meant asserting the right to be tired of that, madness was daring not to be explainable and understandable, and I try to keep the memory of being that right and that daring. Every time I tried to satisfy someone else's or...