Friday 24th September 2021


Complex PTSD not sufficiently recognised in mental health sector

– ‘an ideological revolution is needed’

The NHS mental health system is going through major changes and Complex PTSD needs to be considered a priority, with easier GP access and more treatment options to help prevent an escalation of symptoms and provide a roadmap to recovery.

These are just some of the views exchanged by a group of representatives from Bedfordshire and Luton’s community of mental health and support professionals who convened at the online launch of Recovery Code X’s new mental health initiative, Project Educate 2021, a package of self-help resources aimed at helping people living with Complex PTSD. (Click here to see the webpage.)



CULTURAL STIGMA still a barrier to seeking help


People entering the mental health system are too often treated like ‘pariahs’ and made to feel as if their problems are their own fault, commented one delegate. ‘This adds to the burden of self-blame and shame so common among people with Complex PTSD.’

There were calls for an ‘ideological revolution’ with emotional intelligence and empathy, a gentle bedside manner, placed at the forefront of professional training.

There’s enough ‘self-stigma’ around mental health as it is, said another delegate. Domestic abuse breeds a lack of self-compassion and self-forgiveness, and physical health problems like ME, fibromyalgia, and HIV - high among African women, create additional layers of shame that don’t necessarily belong to the patient.


FAMILIES SHUNNING loved ones

in mental health crisis


In some cultures, families shun and ostracise you if you are experiencing a mental health crisis, to ‘save face’, said another delegate.

A representative from ACCM UK (Agency for Culture and Change Management) commented that Bedford Borough has over 100 dialects and some of these communities can’t read English, so Recovery Code X's written self-help guides will be of little use to them. “Verbal communication is the only way,” he said.

The Project Educate 2021 team agree that there’s more work to do, perhaps a whole new properly funded project, to effectively distribute the set of four Complex PTSD factsheets and podcasts to the people of Bedfordshire and Luton and raise awareness of the condition.

As one Recovery Code X volunteer put it: “The walking wounded are everywhere. Any retail outlet is a good place for leaflets, because they’ll have a percentage of very troubled people passing through their doors. And most companies know, it’s cool to care.”

For further information on Project Educate 2021 contact admin@recoverycodex.org



Wednesday 25th August 2021


Recovery Code X launches mental health initiative in bid to create awareness of Complex PTSD and reduce suffering during Covid19





After months of hard work and painstaking research, Bedford based community group, Recovery Code X, is pleased to announce the launch of a new mental health initiative aimed at raising awareness of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Complex PTSD) across the county and providing self-help guidance to sufferers, their friends, family and partners.

Photo (left to right) Sarah Harris, Juanita Puddifoot, Sorrel Pindar, Mayor Dave Hodgson, Anna Bragga

Photography by Mark Deg & Izzy Smart


Project Educate 2021 Stage One, funded by the National Lottery Awards for All, comprises four colourful A4 double-sided self-help factsheets and four corresponding podcasts aimed at helping people who have experienced prolonged interpersonal trauma and abuse better understand their symptoms and provide information on NHS treatments and complementary therapies.

 

The initiative comes at a time when the country is facing unprecedented pressure on mental health services and many people without previous experience of mental health problems are seeing their mental health and wellbeing decline.


Recovery Code X founder, Anna Bragga, said:

 

“We’d like to thank Bedford Mayor, Dave Hodgson, for supporting our project. We contacted him back in March asking for help and were lucky to meet him to discuss our work and get his advice on several questions we had.

 

“Our next priority is getting the factsheets and podcasts out to the public. We’re organising an online forum to discuss this with mental health professionals and support workers in September. This initiative is about self-empowerment at a time when many people are feeling confused, anxious and disempowered. If we can get just one person on the path to healing and recovery, the work will all have been worthwhile, if we can get twelve, we’ll be ecstatic.”

 

People interested in finding out more about Complex PTSD can join Anna in a series of interactive online workshops next month with the Bedfordshire and Luton Recovery College.

 


Thursday 11th March 2021


Recovery Code X wins National Lottery award to help people with Complex PTSD get through Covid pandemic






Recovery Code X, the Bedford-based community

group set up to help people navigate a way to better
health after long term inescapable trauma or abuse
and raise awareness of Complex PTSD, has been
awarded a grant from the National Lottery Awards for All.

   

REACHING OUT to survivors


The money will be used to produce and distribute print and audio resources to help people knowingly or unknowingly struggling with Complex PTSD in Bedfordshire during the Covid19 pandemic.

 

Project Educate 2021 Stage One will see the creation and distribution of self-help factsheets and podcasts for survivors, their friends and families in a Bedfordshire-wide campaign.

 

The guides will address the following themes:

 

·  Understanding Complex PTSD – for survivors

·  Supporting recovery: Do’s and Don’t’s - for friends and families

·  NHS treatments available during Covid19 and how to access them.

·  Holistic therapies survivors can access and the symptoms they address.

 

Studies have shown that education can reduce self-blame, shame and other negative thought patterns. It can be also be a catalyst for change, and the exploration of treatment options.


Founder, Anna Bragga, said: “Project Educate 2021 builds on our previous work running peer support groups. Effective distribution of the self-help resources will be key to the success of the project. Anyone interested in stocking copies of the double-sided flyers or obtaining the podcasts should contact Recovery Code X .”                                       

Enquiries: email admin@recoverycodex.org