Category: Trauma

Seeking Safety Peer Researchers

We have had the great pleasure of meeting the Seeking Safety Team and working with them for three days on their peer research training. The researchers are undertaking research on the Seeking Safety Project. We loved the tasty cake that said “best research team”.

The Seeking Safety programme was established in November 2022 through the National Clinical Programme for Dual Diagnosis. Its initial focus is on women with mental health substance and trauma lived experience. The aim of the programme is to provide peer support and run the Seeking Safety porgramme groups.The workers are in seven HSE Community Healthcare Organisations (CHOs) in partnership with HSE-funded agencies (host orgnaisaions).
There are 7 host organisations, with each organisation employing one Seeking Safety Project Worker. The host organisations are:
• Ballyfermot Star, Drumfinn Park, Drumfinn, Ballyfermot, Co. Dublin
• Ballymun Star, The Horizons Centre, Balcurris Road, Ballymun, Dublin 11,
• Reddoor Project, St. Marys Convent School, Dublin Rd, Drogheda, Co. Louth
• Roscommon Women’s Network, Unit 5, The Old Mill, Castlerea, Co Roscommon. F45 TN82
• Ruhama, 4 Castle St, Dublin 2
• SAOL Project, 58 Amiens St., Dublin 1
• Sophia Housing, 25 Cork Street, Dublin 8

Being a Trauma Informed Community

Being a Trauma informed Community – Ballymun

Trauma informed Ballymun is a group of stakeholders from across the Ballymun area that have been proactively working to raise awareness of how to Ballymun can become a Trauma informed Community. The Recovery College are delivering two 2 day workshops with workers and community members around understanding trauma and how it may present. The objective of the workshops is to raise self awareness by understanding how Trauma may impact us on an individual level but also how to engage and interact with people who may have experienced Trauma in the past or are currently experiencing Trauma in their lives.

Becoming a Trauma Informed Community

Becoming a Trauma Informed Community workshop

Health policy now acknowledges the place and impact of unresolved trauma on the health and well being of people and communities and calls for care provision to be trauma informed. Research carried out in 2019 recommended that service provision for Dual Diagnosis need to be trauma informed. Mental health and substance use issues are often related to past trauma and unresolved trauma in peoples lives and their families. The impact and potential for healing goes beyond the individual and family and is often tied up with community and health care provider experiences. If a community and services recognise the impact of trauma on use of substances and mental health issues and their role in reducing this impact, the possibilities of recovery become more realistic.

The two day workshop is open to anybody living or working in the North East Inner City. The workshop will explore the meaning of normal responses to adverse circumstances in life and implications of unresolved trauma responses in our lives. We will examine how abnormal trauma responses by self services and communities can affect our ability to recover. With an open exploration of people and communities lived experience of trauma, we will explore how a community can be trauma informed and how agencies and services can apply trauma informed principles in care provision.

You can register for your preferred workshop date by clicking here. Feel free to print and share with others in the NEIC area.