Monday 10th October 2016 is World Mental Health Day (WMHD).
World Mental Health Day is an initiative of the World Health Organisation (WHO). It has taken place on 10th October each year since 1992.
It serves as a call to action to individuals and organisations to consider how those in need can access support. This year's theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is Psychological First Aid (PFA) and the support people can provide to those in distress.
BACP member Dr Noreen Tehrani has written an article, which provides some insights into how it feels to be faced with a major disaster or trauma, and information on the personal and professional skills she has found helpful in her therapeutic practice.
Noreen has worked with victims of the Manchester and London bombings, the Paddington rail crash and the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre. She has supported victims of child abuse, murder, rape and fatal accidents and is currently working with the police to reduce primary and secondary trauma in officers involved in undercover operations, firearms, road deaths and child abuse. She has written two books on trauma and is a founding member of the British Psychological Society Section for Crisis, Disaster and Trauma.
Read Noreen's article