Childhood trauma is often described as serious adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).[1] Children may go through a range of experiences that classify as psychological trauma, these might include neglect,[2]abandonment,[2]sexual abuse, and physical abuse,[2] witnessing abuse of a sibling or parent, or having a mentally ill parent. These events have profound psychological, physiological, and sociological impacts and can have negative, lasting effectsContinue Reading A photo from 2017 shows Valet with pockmarked, scabbed skin and deep, black circles beneath her eyes. The other shows the 25-year-old at her July graduation ceremony for her GED [general education development] diploma, her skin clear and glowing. In a candid interview with the Daily Mail, Valet saidContinue Reading

Apart from taking medication, Helena makes sure that she socialises and is around positive people. She’s joined a hearing voices network and a regional consumer network and recommends others look for support from their local mental health groups. Doing things she enjoys and interests her also helps. “I think ifContinue Reading The Health and Lifestyles Survey (HLS) looks at New Zealanders’ attitudes to a range of health topics, including mental illness. In 2014, it asked respondents about their attitudes to people experiencing mental illness, using the scenario of the opening of a community mental health centre in their neighbourhood. TheyContinue Reading “We know that resilience exists and that recovery is possible,” said Dr. Judith A. Cohen, medical director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. “For people who believe that it’s inevitable that a horrific experience like this would leave lastingContinue Reading