Specialist trauma help centre for victims unveiled

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A new specialist mental health service in Glasgow is working with people who have experienced complex traumatic events such as childhood abuse, war, human trafficking, major incidents, or domestic abuse.

The Glasgow Psychological Trauma Service is designed to tackle the mental health difficulties associated with these experiences and expects to see about 600 people annually at its new base.

The new service brings together the specialist resources from five different areas of NHSGGC to deliver a single “complex trauma” unit on a single site in the Anchor Centre.

It will deliver mental health services for the Scottish Government for survivors of trafficking and for survivors of abuse who are in care. It also brings together expertise in working with young people, homeless individuals and female offenders who all have an increased risk of experiencing complex trauma.

The new service is led by Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Lisa Reynolds and was developed to cope with the increased requirement for mental health support for those who have experienced major traumas.

Dr Reynolds was one of the first to be called in to help with the psychological trauma experienced by victims of both the Clutha helicopter crash disaster and George Square bin lorry incident.

She said: “Complex traumatic experiences such as childhood abuse, domestic violence, homelessness, human trafficking and major incidents can have an impact on survivors’ mental health and psychological functioning.

“The service is designed to provide a specialist mental health service to these survivors to ensure that they have easy access to high quality, evidence based treatments and interventions.

“We absolutely recognise the impact of psychological trauma following a traumatic event. As a result, we have a staff of 27, including clinical psychologists and occupational therapists, who will be working with these vulnerable groups.

“An important aspect of our work is that we’re committed to sharing our knowledge and skills to ensure our Health and Social Care Partnership is both working closely and understands trauma.”

The Anchor Centre in Govan has been designed with trauma survivors in mind and is welcoming, safe and accessible.