West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership launch its Adversity, Trauma and Resilience Knowledge Exchange, in partnership with West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit, with a three day online event from Monday 22 to Wednesday 24 March 2021.
This amazing illustration by Scribble Inc captures all the key themes, ambitions and action points from Day 1 of this unique event.
With a focus on adversity, trauma and the importance of protective factors, the event focussed on the growing evidence of the impacts of adverse and traumatic experiences and toxic stress throughout life. Traumatic and adverse experiences increase the risk of later development of poor mental health, adverse behavioural responses, and increased risk of physical illnesses.
The event highlighted how joined up working and the development of trusted compassionate services, from preconception through to adult life, can support the development of protective factors and improve resilience. It emphasised the importance of organisations working better together to prevent negative life experiences whilst creating a society that is more connected and healthy.
Over the three days, event attendees were tasked to listen, respond and share evidence, knowledge and practice. There was an emphasis on how grassroots expertise can underpin the shifts in culture and practice needed to achieve the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership vision of ensuring the area is trauma informed and responsive to people’s needs.
The event workshops, led by specialists in the field including those with experience of trauma, highlighted how, when organisations come together to support people at the right time in their life, they can support them better to lead a long, healthy life where possible free from the impact of trauma.
You can read more about the event in the event brochure which includes biographies of the event's amazing guest speakers.
You may also find these event resources, documents, videos and links useful.