Swindon Trauma Group raises workplace awareness

By Nick Batten on 5 September, 2016

The Swindon Trauma Group will hold its Annual Conference this October which aims to highlight the difficulties experienced by employees suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (P.T.S) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D).

The conference, which takes place on October 14 at the Swindon Marriott Hotel, will feature speakers covering historical and 21st Century concepts in supporting and treating people after they have experienced a trauma.

The range of presentations will include information on treatments that are available and how trauma affects people both physically and psychologically, particularly in the workplace.

Rev Frank Parkinson, author of books such as Listening and Helping in the Workplace and one of the speakers at the conference, told the Business Exchange that, “Typical reactions of Post Traumatic Stress, P.T.S., and P.T.S.D, can destroy individuals, groups and families and can include many kinds of physical, emotional and social reactions.”

According to Frank, symptoms of P.T.S and P.T.S.D can include; re-experiencing the event in the form of ‘flash-backs’, denial of any reactions, refusal to talk about the incident that caused the trauma or an obsession with it, negative reactions and lack of sympathy towards others, withdrawal and isolation from people or events, the inability to make decisions, arousal of emotions such as anger, hypervigilance and an exaggerated-startle-response.

Frank continued, “The best way to support staff at work is through education: to give them information, knowledge and understanding about the possible reactions to a traumatic event and to provide support and help where needed.”

While he acknowledged that there is still resistance in some organisations and society to discussing P.T.S and P.T.S.D, Frank believes that there is an increase in organisations offering advice on trauma to employers and that the Swindon Trauma Group is “spreading the news” personally to companies by holding these conferences and workshops.

He added, “I believe that the most important task is the need to challenge and change negative and unhelpful attitudes towards, stress, Post Traumatic Stress and P.T.S.D, through education and training”.

Since 2008 the Swindon Trauma Group has campaigned for the recognition of what it calls “Invisible Injuries.”

Please see www.SwindonTraumaGroup.org.uk for details of the conference and evening meal.