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Trauma awareness at work

PTSD Resolutions is a UK charity offering free treatment for military veterans’ PTSD – and awareness training for UK employers. The charity is setting out the issues, responsibilities and solutions to workplace PTSD for employers in a paper: Trauma in the Workplace.

 

 

Organisations can find out about the potential impact of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) for their staffing policies and practices. A free copy of the paper is available for download

Colonel A Gauvain (Retired), a trauma therapist 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. Most managers are unable to recognise the symptoms of trauma, according to the charity. Hence PTSD Resolution has introduced a half-day course in TATE, Trauma Awareness Training for Employers.

 

PTSD Resolution is a UK charity (No. 1133188) that offers free treatment to UK Armed Forces veterans and reservists. It also provides support for HR personnel and line managers to meet employers’ statutory obligations – and avoid the commercial impact, and the cost to employees of trauma.

 

The Trauma Awareness training course can help managers to recognise post-traumatic symptoms and PTSD; understand the effects of trauma on staff behaviour; engage with traumatised people to identify practical options; and find a route to resolving workplace difficulties caused by trauma. For details of the half-day course in central London, on November 29, 2012 by TATE Training: visit http://www.ptsdresolution.org.


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