If you are in immediate need of crisis support, use the link below to find details of agencies who may be able to help you immediately. Please note that due to Covid-19, some services may be operating differently but do reach out as there are people waiting to help you. Link for crisis support agencies

COVID-19:

It may help you to understand why you feel like you do during the Covid-19 pandemic, so we’ve posted this article for your perusal: Click to open article

If you are looking for help with food, prescriptions or other support, we have summarised key information within this document for your reference. Click to open

In addition, we have put together some resources that you might find helpful. Please do try out some of the meditations and relaxation tools as many of our Clients have said they found these to be extremely useful.

Survivor Guide Booklet - Client Led Advisory Group BTS

Break The Silence worked closely with our Client Led Advisory Group to produce a Survivor Guide booklet which you may find helpful. Survivor Guide

In addition to the Survivor Guide, the Client Led Advisory Group also helped develop a trauma card – a small plastic credit card sized card which can be presented in challenging situations. It carried no Break The Silence branding and provides a description of complex trauma. If you would like to have a copy of this card, please contact our office.

Surviving Better Booklet - Dr Sarah Nelson

Surviving Better Booklet by Dr Sarah Nelson.
An information pack for Survivors of childhood sexual abuse. This booklet is available courtesy of Wellbeing Scotland and we thank them for their consent to share it within our resources.

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Audio Meditation & Relaxation Resources

Relaxation Meditation Audio for Clients courtesy of Maureen Leggat: Click to Play

Bubble Fantasy Journey Audio courtesy of Maureen Leggat: Click to Play

Relaxation Video courtesy of Michael J Malone, Break The Silence Trustee, Award Winning Author, Therapist and Mentor. Click to Play

One hour video: Bilateral Music Collection to help lower anxiety – for meditation/relaxation: Click to Play Please note you may experience advertisements – click to skip.

Video Resources for Reducing Stress & for Relaxation

Butterfly Hug technique from Stress Busters to help calm the body and help you to relax: Click to Play

Relaxation Video courtesy of Michael J Malone, Break The Silence Trustee, Award Winning Author, Therapist and Mentor. Click to Play

One hour video: Bilateral Music Collection to help lower anxiety – for meditation/relaxation: Click to Play Please note you may experience advertisements – click to skip.

Dr Karen Treisman, Clinical Psychologist - Resources in response to Pandemic

Dr Karen Treisman has sent Break The Silence a link through to a web-page which she has created in response to the pandemic. There are a range of resources which are all free; videos, podcasts, webinars, and resources for children, adults, parents and staff. Karen is also working on online modules on grief and loss, and on all 5 of her children’s workbooks (self-esteem/emotional regulation/nightmares/anxiety/trust after abuse).

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Dr Karen Treisman is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the NHS and children’s services for several years. Karen has also worked cross-culturally in both Africa and Asia with groups ranging from former child soldiers to survivors of the Rwandan Genocide.

Karen has extensive experience in the areas of trauma, parenting, and attachment, and works clinically using a range of therapeutic approaches with families, systems and children in or on the edge of care, unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people, and adopted children.

In addition to holding a doctorate in Clinical psychology, Karen has undergone a range of specialist trainings including in EMDR, Narrative Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Sensory Attachment Intervention, and Theraplay.

Karen has previously worked in both Milton Keynes’s and Kensington and Chelsea’s Looked after Children (LAC) and fostering services, and within the National Implementation Service for evidence-based interventions for Looked after children, children on the edge of care, and children in custody at the Michael Rutter Centre in the Maudsley Hospital; and as a Clinical Lead for a court assessment and intensive parenting intervention team for children on the edge of care and in proceedings within Islington.

Karen is the director of Safe Hands and Thinking Minds training and consultancy services.

Karen is an external consultant, trainer, and assessor to Barnardos, PAC-UK, Hope for families, Three Steps Ireland, Pause, CoramBAAF, Grandparents Plus, and the Fostering Network.

Karen is a member of the CoramBAAF health group advisory committee, and a reviewer for the Journal of Adoption and Fostering.

Karen regularly presents at local, national, and international trauma, parenting, and attachment conferences. Including being a TEDx speaker.

Karen was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship Award to research best and innovative practice in supporting organisations to become more adversity, culturally, and trauma-informed, infused, and responsive. Karen was awarded Psychologist of the Year in 2018.

Karen is the best-selling author of “Working with children and adolescents who have experience relational and developmental trauma” (Routledge, 2016); and “A Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with children and adolescents who have experienced developmental trauma” (2017); and two sets of therapeutic treasure deck of cards (2018). Karen is also the author of the therapeutic treasure collection including Gilly the Giraffe (Self-esteem, self-belief, and confidence), Neon the Ninja (Nightmares and sleep difficulties), Presley the Pug (relaxation and emotional regulation), Cleo the Croc (trust, and relationships), and Binnie the Baboon (anxiety, fear, and stress).

Pregnancy, Parenting and Maternity Care

As part of #MaternalMentalHealthAwareness week in May 2020, we shared some videos from Midwives in order to provide some re-assurance to Survivors going through pregnancy, maternity care, or parenting. You may find these videos helpful.

Geraldine Butcher, Midwife and Trainer for Break The Silence recorded a short message:
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Michelle Wright, Midwife and Survivor sends you a special message ….
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Mentioned in the videos was the development of SIPPAM (Survivors in Pregnancy, Parenting and Maternity Care), a closed facebook group Click to link

Break The Silence Client Led Advisory Group have also put together some information for Survivors contained within the Survivor Guide that you may find useful in relation to pregnancy and our CEO-Clinical, Sharon Belshaw, MSc has also published an article for the British Journal of Midwifery on supporting Survivors.

Calm Harm - an app to help manage self-harm

Calm Harm is an downloadable app.

It provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. Get started by setting your password so that it’s completely private.

You can personalise it if you wish, by choosing the background colour theme and deciding on whether you would like some company using a variety of friendly characters.

The app then provides you with four categories of tasks to help you surf the urge. ‘Distract’ helps in learning self-control; ‘Comfort’ helps you care rather than harm; ‘Express yourself’ gets those feelings out in a different way and ‘Release’ provides safe alternatives to self-injury.

There is also a ‘Breathe’ category to help calm and get back in control.

You can do the activities for either blocks of five minutes or fifteen minutes with a countdown for each minute. You will be able to track your progress and notice change*.

Calm Harm has been developed for stem4 by Dr Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist using the basic principles of an evidence based treatment called Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

(*Please note the app is an aid in treatment but does not replace it.)

To find out more or to download the app click here

Psychotherapist, Marc Johnson - Timeline Map - Pluralistic Therapy

Psychotherapist, Marc Johnson has developed this fantastic new introduction on developing a timeline map, which can be used at assessment in pluralistic therapy.

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Callum Hancock, a special message for you during Covid-19

A special message for Survivors everywhere from Callum Hancock, professional Boxer and Expert Advisory Panel Member with Survivors Manchester. Click to Play

Callum presented at last year’s BTS conference alongside Duncan Craig, OBE, Founder of Survivors Manchester and Co-Founder of the Male Survivors Partnership – UK. Callum and Duncan made an amazing duo on stage to help raise awareness, understanding, and discussing the gender norms which so often compound the trauma for men who experience rape and sexual abuse.

Callum has a powerful story and is passionate about helping others and does so by participating in TV/media interviews, fundraising and as an Expert Advisory Panel Member with Survivors Manchester. We felt privileged to spend time with Callum last year – Callum is kind, courageous and inspiring.

Edward Reid - a special message for you during Covid-19

Check out the special message sent to Break The Silence Clients from Edward Reid – it’s on our facebook page. Edward challenges you to do 3 things during the pandemic… good advice for all of us …
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Madeleine Black, Psychotherapist, Speaker & Author - a special message for you during Covid-19

Madeleine Black, Psychotherapist, Speaker, Activist, Author of #Unbroken, Patron of SAY Women, Storyteller for the Forgiveness Project and Speaker at TEDx Glasgow, Madeleine has previously hosted a group session with BTS Clients which they enjoyed very much, and at last year’s BTS Conference, was a special guest, sharing her story with delegates to help raise awareness and improve understanding of trauma.

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Matthew McVarish - The Truth That No One Tells Teenagers

A video from Matthew to our Clients during the pandemic
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Matthew McVarish is a Scottish actor, writer, activist and survivor of childhood sexual abuse. With an MA in acting from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he has appeared on Taggart, River City and starred daily on CBeebies as “Raymond” in “Me Too!” Last year, Matthew toured Scotland playing “Titus”, a ten-year-old boy attempting suicide, in a sensitive production aimed at encouraging healthy discussion of childhood depression in schools. He has most recently returned from the New York production of Love Song to Lavender Menace, a reprise of the 5* show from last year’s Edinburgh Festival, about Scotland’s first LGBT bookshop in 1987.

As a playwright, Matthew’s debut show, To Kill a Kelpie, also ran Off-Broadway then toured the USA, and is currently being translated for an upcoming production in Paris. Another of his plays, Remember You Are Beauty Full, was described by The Herald as “the best play in any theatre in the country this year!” His other works include Kind Stranger, starring Tom Urie, and The Child Made of Love about same-sex adoption, starring Andrew Agnew, Balamory’s PC Plum.

Matthew walked 10,000 miles, visiting every EU capital on foot, campaigning for the abolition of the statute of limitations on reporting child sexual abuse. His walk encouraged various governments to table motions in their parliament. In some countries, Matthew is now the first male survivor to have ever spoken publicly about having been sexually abused. He was granted an honorary doctorate and received the prestigious “Top Scot” award (previous “Top Scots” include JK Rowling and Andy Murray).

The Scottish Government commissioned Matthew to write a paper on his work. Entitled “The Quality of Silence”, it outlines the varied sociological, economic and cultural obstacles to reporting childhood sexual abuse faced by survivors in over forty different countries where he has worked. He has given lectures on his paper at the UN, Iceland, Serbia, Scotland’s Police College and given the Moira Jones Address at the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Sexual Crimes Conference.

Now an official delegate of the United Nations in New York, he has chaired numerous global discussions on children’s rights for the UN and co-created the world’s first Global Survivor Forum with ECPAT international in Bangkok.

Originally a client of the Moira Anderson Foundation, Matthew is proud to be their International Ambassador.

His new book, The Truth That No One Tells Teenagers: Ten Facts Every Teen Victim Has the Right to Know, written for teen survivors on how to recover from abuse, was published in 2019 and is currently available on Amazon. He hopes, one day, all children will understand the actual truth that they are awesome.

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Break The Silence have secured multiple copies of Matthew’s book to have available for our Counsellors to provide to our young Survivors to help them on their recovery journey.

If you wish a copy of Matthew’s book, it is available to download or to order on Amazon (Don’t forget to use Amazon Smile to make a charitable donation): Link to buy

Janina Fisher, PhD - Re-activate the traima impacted brain worksheets

A free download from Janina Fisher, PhD on re-activating the trauma impacted brain – worksheets.

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Victims' Code Scotland & Victims' Rights

Read the Victims Code Scotland – click here to read/download

Did you know that there is a publication about Victims’ Rights in Scotland?
Click here to read/download easy read version

Police Scotland - Information for Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse (Animated Film & Information Leaflet)

Police Scotland has launched their “Information for Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse” Animation Film, which has been produced following extensive consultation with Survivors and Survivor support services with funding from Scottish Government. Click here to watch the film.

Police Scotland have also launched an information leaflet. Click here to read/download the leaflet.

Impact of Trauma on the Brain (animated film)

Some Survivors have also found this short video helpful in understanding the impact of trauma on the brain. It was produced by NHS Lanarkshire EVA Services: Impact of Trauma on the Brain