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New service for trauma survivors

PSYCHOLOGICAL trauma experts from five different sites have been brought together to deliver a dedicated new specialist mental health service based in Glasgow.

Consultant clinical psychologist Dr Lisa Reynolds leads the 27-strong trauma team, who specialise in supporting survivors of complex traumatic events such as childhood abuse, war, human trafficking, major incidents and domestic abuse.

Based in the Anchor Centre in Govan, they will be resourced to see more than 600 patients a year via referrals from community mental health teams, GPs and accident and emergency departments.

The staff in the new service have been involved in a major training programme to enable more community-based staff to spot the signs of trauma and decide on appropriate treatment or referral route for the individual patient.

Dr Reynolds told SN: “By coming together as one team of specialists, and pooling our resources, we are better able to deliver this vital service to extremely vulnerable people.”

Following the Clutha helicopter crash and the bin lorry incident in George Square, Dr Reynolds was one of the first to be called in to help the victims to cope.

Within the team there is also a lot of experience in working with young people, homeless individuals and female offenders, all of whom have an increased risk of experiencing severe trauma.

Dr Reynolds added: “When people experience traumatic events, they respond in different ways and their needs can be quite diverse.

“Complex traumatic experiences can have an impact on survivors’ mental health and psychological functioning.

“At the Anchor, these patients will have easy access to high quality, evidence-based treatments and interventions.”

Pictured above: Dr Lisa Reynolds with some of the trauma team