Mental Health Disorders costing £25 billion each year - Trauma in the Workplace: New White Paper on Issues & Solutions
Organisations can find out about the potential impact of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) for their staffing policies and practices with a new White Paper ‘Trauma in the Workplace’, authored by UK military veteran’s charity Resolution. A free copy of the White Paper is available for download: www.ptsdresolution.org/Trauma_Awareness_Training.pdf
Colonel A Gauvain (Retired), a counsellor and chairman of PTSD Resolution, says:
“ Mental health disorders account for one in five of all work days lost and cost UK employers £25 billion each year. Trauma in particular can result in depression and behavioural problems for employees. Left untreated, the condition may cause avoidable accidents, extended sick-leave and dismissal - and represents a major legal liability for the employer.”
PTSD can result from an incident at work, he says; but also from an event outside the workplace, many years previously, with the effects only surfacing as a result of domestic or work pressures, for example.
Disturbingly, most managers are unable to recognise the symptoms of trauma, from research by the charity. This is why Resolution has introduced a half-day course in TATE, Trauma Awareness Training for Employers.
Resolution is a UK charity (No. 1133188) that offers free counselling to UK Armed Forces veterans and reservists. It also provides support for HR personnel and line managers in organisations to meet employers’ statutory obligations - and avoid the commercial impact and the personal cost to employees of trauma.
The Trauma Awareness training course enables managers to recognise trauma symptoms; understand the effects on staff behaviour; engage with traumatised people to identify practical options; and find a clear route to resolving workplace difficulties caused by trauma.
A free copy of the White Paper is available for download – and also details of the half-day course in central London, Nov 29th 2012 – TATE Training - www.ptsdresolution.org
Resolution - Registered Charity No. 1133188
Tel: 0845 021 7873 - www.ptsdresolution.org
Note to Editor:
- PTSD Resolution offers employers Trauma Awareness Training to support the successful integration of veterans and TA in the workplace. The half-day modular courses enable line managers and HR staff to recognise potential symptoms of trauma and identify a clear route to resolving any workplace difficulties
- Resolution therapists are trained in Human Givens Therapy (HGT)(1), which includes a form of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TFCBT), consistent with the guidelines of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
- Patients are not required to talk about the traumatic events. The programme policy is that re-exposure is better done in the client’s visual imagination and while in a relaxed state, protecting confidentiality and reducing distress. This relatively new development of TFCBT, similar to Imagery Re-scripting and Reprocessing Therapy (IRRT). (2)
- The Resolution network was launched in February 2010, following a three-year pilot programme, which included a project with the Falklands Veterans Foundation (www.fvf.org.uk ) that helped ex-services personnel recover from symptoms which had lasted 25 years in some cases.
- The programme has an 83% success rate (3) across the 266 UK veterans treated to date. This is similar to the recovery rate in the recent study of 599 stress-related cases from the general population who were treated using HGT: over 70% reached a significant and sustained improvement after an average of 3.6 counselling sessions (4).
- Treatment is complementary to the work of other armed forces charities, because it can resolve the immediate mental health issues that may be barriers to successful help under reintegration and resettlement programmes.
- Therapists work in prisons, and there is an active programme of engagement with the prison service nationally. The patron of the charity is Lord Ramsbotham, former Inspector of Prisons. There are an estimated 8,500 veterans in prison with 3,000 on parole (5). NAPO estimates that half this number suffer from PTSD and related disorders.
- Resolution provides a service that is absent from the national provision for veterans’ mental health; of those veterans that access counselling through other channels, research suggests that the majority approach their GP and just receive medication, without dealing with the trauma. One study of vulnerable veterans found that only 4% of those seeking counselling had been offered evidence-based therapeutic help (6).
(1) What is Human Givens Therapy: See www.hgi.org.uk
(2) Holmes, E. A., et al., 2007. Imagery rescripting in cognitive behaviour therapy. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
(3) Bishop, P., O’Callaghan, B., 2010. Effectiveness of HG Therapy for war veterans [online]. Available at: http://abstracts.bps.org.uk/index.cfm?&ResultsType=Abstracts&ResultSet_ID=5713&FormDisplayMode=view&frmShowSelected=true&localAction=details
(4) Andrews, W.P. et al., 2011. Piloting a practice research network: A 12-month
evaluation of the Human Givens approach in primary care at a general medical practice. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice
(5) Ex-Armed Forces Personnel and the Criminal Justice System: NAPO Report, August 2008
(6) Iverson, A., van Staden, L., Hughes, J., Browne, T., Hull, I., Hall, J., et al. (2009) The prevalence of common mental disorders and PTSD in the UK military: using data from a clinical interview-based study. BMC Psychiatry. 9:68