Resource material #ECMH2019

Downloadable resource for 8th European Conference on Mental Health participants.

8th European Conference on Mental Health

In September we attended one of the most inspiring conference we have had the pleasure to present so far. Now we are happy to announce that we have been invited to the 8th European Conference on Mental Health to take on the main stage and to deliver captivating keynote speeches at Belfast, Ireland.

Documentary about Trauma and Dissociation

Watch the documentary about trauma and dissociation that explains clearly and comprehensively what emotional trauma, structural dissociation and polyvagal theories are and how they effect human life. Anssi Leikola explains how understanding these subjects helps us in creating sustainable psychiatry also called trauma informed treatment and Carita Kilpinen illustrates the theories further with animations.

Documentary about Trauma and Dissociation

Documentary about Trauma and Dissociation

Watch the documentary about trauma and dissociation that explains clearly and comprehensively what emotional trauma, structural dissociation and polyvagal theories are and how they effect human life. Anssi Leikola explains how understanding these subjects helps us in creating sustainable psychiatry also called trauma informed treatment and Carita Kilpinen illustrates the theories further with animations.

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7th European Conference on Mental Health

7th European Conference on Mental Health

It is no coincidence that Finland is internationally known by its role as a bridge-builder and peacemaker. To our minds, the way the conference was arranged and realised represents the Finnish culture, know-how and social design at its best! This skillful building of cooperation makes one of our best export products, and it is something we are fostering at Peaceful Impact, too.

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Trauma-informed care

Trauma-informed care

It is healing for one to understand their life experience, realizing it and putting it into perspective. However, this is especially hard and demanding with emotional damage, because it is very natural for human to avoid and elude something that is unbearable. What is essential, is to understand, what the disproportionate emotions and states – the overreactions – are telling us. They are carrying an important message from the past, that can be deciphered. For this, we need another person and verbal sharing. It is especially hard when very exceptional and unbearable things have happened.

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The Polyvagal Theory

The Polyvagal Theory

In the face of danger – before any conscious effort – automatic defense turns on, and the body prepares itself for fight or flight. However, if this kind of active response doesn’t work, the autonomic nervous system launches the passive alternative, to save energy. The autonomic nervous system responds to threat of death by total submission and paralysis.
This, is the core of the Polyvagal theory.
Emotional damage leaves such a mark, that even in situations which are not threatening, can result in aggression, fear, or paralysis.

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Short documentary about trauma and dissociation

Short documentary about trauma and dissociation

We have produced a short documentary about trauma and dissociation that explains clearly and comprehensively what emotional trauma, structural dissociation and polyvagal theories are and how they effect human life. Psychiatrist Anssi Leikola also explains how understanding these subjects helps us in creating sustainable psychiatry also called as trauma informed treatment.

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Theory and practice

Theory and practice

These days, the radical lack of theoretical consideration in psychiatry seems to be resulting in the fact that there exists a great and increasing demand for theoretical applications regarding e.g. the subject of emotional trauma, both in people’s everyday lives, on the grass root level of psychiatry, and in the world of psychotherapy and supervision of psychiatric work. One can assume that the same effect will be reflected, with delay, in the world of scientific psychiatry.

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Peaceful Impact – a Joint Mission

Peaceful Impact – a Joint Mission

Peaceful Impact provides both publishing and working opportunities as an instructor for many experts in various fields and in addition we provide tools and guidance in creating co- equally run communities for other trauma survivors and professionals alike thus expanding and strengthening the shared motive and Peaceful Impact mission world wide.

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The Autonomic Nervous System and the Experience of Safety

The Autonomic Nervous System and the Experience of Safety

New insights link the functioning of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) closely to mental health. At my practice, I am exclusively treating individuals that are severely traumatized in their childhood. This article discusses the crucial significance of the experiences of safety for the development of the ANS and mental health.

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Psychiatric care – Threat or opportunity?

Psychiatric care – Threat or opportunity?

At what point did helping people turn into rocket science? Was it when everything was to be listed in care recommendations? Or when someone calculated that more efficiency and savings are needed? When evidence based care became the goal? How can we turn greeting and a kind smile in to an evidence based practice? Exactly. There are a lot of elements in helping others that can’t be written down to recommendations. Everything that goes on between two individuals in a care relationship can never be examined in a way that would make it qualify as a medical recommendation.

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Hope at the doctor´s office

Hope at the doctor´s office

In general psychiatry and also in the whole medical world the meaning of hope is not valued enough. It is the sister of safety. And safety is the most important precondition for gaining mental health. We should rethink what mental illness is.

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Trauma behind the drug addiction

Trauma behind the drug addiction

Therapeutic community as a method sees people behind drugs and challenging behaviour patterns. That is something all the people suffering and recovering from traumas should have. To be more than their symptoms. Emotional trauma and addiction go hand in hand and can be healed together.

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ESTD newsletter and Book review

ESTD newsletter and Book review

When the authors were contacted afterwards through their website, Kaisa Klapuri wrote, and gave permission to print here: “We feel that by our work we have a meaning, a purpose in life. To live for something bigger than oneself, e.g., helping others, is the essential key to a happy life. We are deeply grateful that we got the chance to bring forth the voice of survivors themselves. We are living examples of the fact that trauma can be healed.

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Reader Feedback

Reader Feedback

This was the first time that I have visited such a conference and I lived a lot of intense experiences there. On Saturday I was at your presentation where some of you spoke about your experiences and your book. Your presentation has touched my heart. I have bought your book after the presentation and you have written a dedication in it. Since that day I carry your book with me every day and I have read it more than half way through.

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What is dissociation?

What is dissociation?

Etymologically, the word “trauma” means “damage” or “wound”. Even professionals often mix things up, and “trauma” is quite commonly used to refer to an experience or event in a person’s life. However, “trauma” should be used to refer specifically to the emotional damage an event has caused in a person. This becomes much simpler if, in looking for a definition, we return to Pierre Janet’s ideas. ”Emotional trauma” refers to psychophysical damage manifested as a splitting of the personality.”

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