Crisis lines: help for suicidal thoughts:
Whatever you're going through, call us free any time, from any phone on 116 123.
We're here round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it's best to call us on the phone. This number is FREE to call. You don't have to be suicidal to call us.
0300 555 0334. This line is open 24 hours a day, every day.
For Young People:
1 2 1 confidential online support
Advice & support for young people (under 35's) and parents on Self-Harm, Depression, Anxiety, Wellbeing Apps.
0800 068 41 41
Mon-Fri 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Weekends 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Bank Holidays 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
TEXT: 07786 209697
Off the Record Bristol:
Help Counselling Bristol:
For survivors of sexual assault and rape:
Reactions to Trauma
For adult survivors of childhood abuse: sexual, physical, emotional, neglect, domestic:
0808 801 0331
10am-9pm Mon-Thu & 10am-6pm on Fridays.
I Had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone (2007)
Books on Trauma Recovery:
8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery: Take-charge Strategies to Empower Your Healing (8 Keys to Mental Health)
Trauma is Really Strange by Steve Haines (2015)
The Compassionate Mind Approach to Recovering from Trauma: Series editor, Paul Gilbert (Compassion Focused Therapy)
by Deborah Lee and Sophie James (2012)
The Compassionate Mind Workbook: A step-by-step guide to developing your compassionate self
by Chris Irons & Elaine Beaumont (2016)
by Sue Patton Thoele (2016)
Resilient; Find Your Inner Strength
Rick Hanson (2018)
Whilst undertaking Babette Rothschild's Somatic Trauma Therapy Training, I was inspired by how our innate natural sensory resources can help us ground ourselves and calm our nervous systems when experiencing anxiety, panic and dissociation. It was during this training that I reconnected with an old resource I used as child during moments of fear and emotional overwhelm. This wasn't something I was taught as a child, it was just something I did instinctively when I felt scared and it helped me feel better. Babette's training helped me understand how and why it helped me and from this personal experience I gained valuable insight into the power of our sensory resources and our resilience in surviving trauma. In celebration of the reawakening of my childhood resource, I wrote a Poem titled, 'I Am Free.' I was honoured to have my poem feature in Babette Rothschild's latest book, The Body Remembers, Volume 2, Revolutionizing Trauma Treatment (2017). I invite you to use this resource to help you ground yourself using your senses to connect with the natural physical environment around you in the present moment.
"I Am Free"
When the ghosts of my past whisper to me
I say, "I am free"
I open my eyes and I see
Pinks, blues, reds and orange
Yellow, purple, turquoise is my favorite
A world of rich tapestry
When the ghosts of my past shout loudly at me
I say "NO" firmly
I open my ears and I hear
Birds singing, engines purring, people talking, laughing
I look, I see
The ghosts are not here with me
Leaves falling, children playing, couple arguing, man smoking
When the ghosts feel too close to my skin
The ground beneath my feet
The breeze touching my face
The warmth of the sun
The fabric inside my pocket, against my hand
A touching embrace
The ghosts cannot compete
With the power of nature
Like honey, smooth and sweet
Bitter chocolate, juicy orange, sugary treat
The ghosts are far away now
I am safe
I see my friends, my colleagues, my family
I am here, now
I am free
The ghosts are ghosts
They are not here now
They cannot hurt me
I am free.
Written by Clare Jones
Rothschild, B. (2017) The Body Remembers Volume 2; Revolutionizing Trauma Treatment. New York: W.W. Norton & Company Inc.