Trauma Informed Consultancy

Helping organisations become trauma-informed.

How do you protect the mental health of your front-line staff and key workers?

What are the implications of not adhering to trauma-informed practices?

Why has there been an increase in legal action being taken against employers for failing to protect individuals from PTSD at work?

In 2023, former Director of Public Service for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Rachel Wright Turner was dismissed from the role after she had been supporting those affected by the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, in which 72 people died.  Rachel Wright Turner was awarded £4.6m in compensation.

The compensation was awarded after the employment tribunal advised that her dismissal caused by PTSD amounted to disability discrimination.

You know how important people are to your business and your reputation.

When people are working with and living with complex mental health issues, they can experience good and bad days, and their productivity fluctuates.

On their bad days, they can lose focus and find tasks difficult to complete. They may even need time off, harming their performance and impacting your productivity.

Employees who are in roles that are exposed to new, additional or ongoing vicarious trauma may therefore have a higher risk of burnout and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) developing, which could result in long-term sickness absence, either now or when the crisis has passed.

During times of increased operational pressure, employers must communicate that staff wellbeing matters.

Wellbeing research suggests that good organisational leadership and a supportive work culture have a positive impact on the psychological well-being of these staff before, during and after managing a crisis.

Organisations need to understand how to support the psychological well-being of staff who are exposed to traumatic working conditions, especially where employees have little or no training in how to prepare or cope with the day-to-day emotional impacts of working in such challenging environments.

Have you developed trauma-informed policies and procedures to ensure your organisation complies with all health and safety and other statutory regulations?

Are you providing appropriate trauma-informed training that is essential to ensure the retention of well-motivated, trained and developed staff to ensure you achieve your organisation’s targets?

The impact…

Absenteeism due to trauma and PTSD has become a critical issue in the UK, with substantial financial implications for employers.

By investing in trauma-informed practices and mental health support your organisation can mitigate these challenges, and costs and promote a healthier, more resilient workforce.

UK Employers are increasingly recognising the importance of addressing mental health issues proactively. The USA is currently leading the research on the impact of PTSD on employees.

The state of Louisiana recently passed a law that allows first responders to get workers’ compensation coverage if they suffer from PTSD.

The UK government is looking closely at the impact of PTSD on frontline line / key workers. It is only a matter of time before the UK will be required to legislate.

The cost of absenteeism due to Trauma and PTSD in the UK:

Mental Health-Related Absenteeism:

The Centre for Mental Health estimates that mental health issues, including PTSD, cost UK employers approximately £35 billion annually. The average cost per employee per year is around £650. This includes absenteeism, presenteeism (working while unwell), and staff turnover costs.

Insights:

While pinpointing the exact cost of absenteeism due to trauma and PTSD alone is challenging, combining available data provides a clearer picture:

 A report by the London School of Economics (LSE) suggests that the broader economic cost of PTSD in the UK could be in the billions when considering healthcare costs, lost productivity, and social impacts.

 If we assume mental health issues account for a significant portion of the £35 billion annual cost to employers, PTSD- related absenteeism would constitute a notable share of this figure, potentially amounting to several billion pounds annually.

 The true cost includes direct financial impacts and the loss of productivity, increased workload on remaining staff, potential long-term disability claims and possible legal action.

Transforming Organisational Wellness with Trauma-Informed Consultancy:

Introduction to Our Mission…

At Sole Survivor PTSD Support CIC, we believe in the power of healing and resilience. As a dedicated not-for-profit organisation, we specialise in providing trauma-informed consultancy to organisations of all sizes.

Our mission is to foster environments where individuals feel safe, supported, and empowered to thrive personally and professionally.

Understanding Trauma-Informed Consultancy

A trauma-informed consultancy is a crucial approach that recognises the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery and stability.

Our expert consultants work with your organisation to develop strategies that support those individuals affected by trauma ensuring a compassionate and responsive workplace.

Why Choose Trauma-Informed Practices?

 Enhanced Employee Well-being: Implementing trauma-informed practices can significantly improve the mental health and well-being of your employees, leading to increased job satisfaction and productivity.

 Positive Workplace Culture: A trauma-informed approach fosters a culture of empathy, respect, and support, which is essential for building strong, resilient and cohesive teams.

 Improved Retention Rates: Employees who feel understood and supported are more likely to stay with an organisation long-term, reducing turnover costs and preserving institutional knowledge.

Our Services

1. Comprehensive Training Programs: We offer tailored training sessions for leadership teams, managers, and staff to educate them on the principles of trauma-informed care and how to apply these in the workplace.

2. Policy Development: Our consultants assist in creating and implementing policies that support trauma-informed practices, ensuring your organisation’s procedures are aligned with the latest best practices.

3. Organisational Assessments: We conduct thorough assessments to identify areas of improvement and provide actionable recommendations to enhance your organisation’s trauma responsiveness.

4. Ongoing Support and Resources: We provide continuous support through follow-up sessions, resources, and guidance to ensure sustained implementation of trauma-informed practices.

The Impact of Our Work:
Organisations that have partnered with us have seen remarkable transformations. From enhanced employee morale to reduced absenteeism and improved client relations, the benefits of a trauma-informed approach are profound and far-reaching.
Join Our Movement…

By choosing Sole Survivor PTSD Support CIC for your trauma-informed consultancy needs, you are committing to a healthier, more supportive workplace for everyone. Together, we can make a difference—one organisation at a time.

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Ready to transform your organisation? Contact us today to learn more about our trauma-informed consultancy services and how we can help you create a resilient and thriving workplace.

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