Traumatic Stress Service
Specialist service for people experiencing post-traumatic stress
The Humber Traumatic Stress Service was set up in 1996 and offers specialist one-to-one assessment, formulation, understanding of difficulties and therpeutic intervention for people who have experienced psychological trauma. The service also provides consultation and training to professionals.
The team are a multi-disciplinary team based at Victoria House, Park Street, and includes professionals from:
- Clinical Psychology
- Occupational Therapy
- Specialist Nursing.
What is psychological trauma?
Psychological trauma involves either a threat or a perceived threat to survival. Post-traumatic responses may develop after experiencing a situation of an exceptionally threatening or catastrophic nature.
Post-traumatic stress is one response to psychological trauma and depends on individual perceptions of events. Reactions can feel overwhelming to the individual and can include;
- persistent re-experiencing of the trauma through distressing recollections
- recurrent dreams of the event
- intense psychological, physiological distress or reactivity to cues
- efforts to avoid thoughts, feelings, conversations, activities, places or people associated with the trauma
- inability to recall aspects of the trauma
- loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed
- feeling detached or estranged from others
- restricted range of emotions
- sense of foreshortened future
- difficulty in falling or staying asleep
- irritability or outbursts of anger
- difficulty concentrating
- hyper vigilance (i.e. being on your guard all the time)
- exaggerated startle response (i.e. being very jumpy)
Examples of traumatic incidents include:
- being a victim of a violent crime (for example physical or sexual assault, bombings, riots)
- surviving an accident or disaster
- traumatic childbirth
- being a veteran of the Armed Forces or emergency service personnel exposed to traumatic events
- witnessing or being exposed to the trauma of others (vicarious traumatisation)
How to access this service
All referrals to the service must have a Hull GP and come through the Mental Health Response Service.
Ex-military personnel from the East Riding can also be referred directly through their GP or through any mental health service.
You cannot self-refer to this service.