Belfast has a tragic legacy of trauma from the ‘Troubles’. Trauma goes down the generations and affects the whole family. As a result, we have the highest suicide rate in the UK and the worst mental health statistics. Trauma also affects a great many other people and in many different ways, leading to illness, addictions, depression, rage and aggression. However trauma is an injury, not an illness and can be successfully healed.
This Summit Conference is for professionals who deal with trauma and its consequences and anyone else with a particular interest in learning about trauma. It draws together experts from across the world and will bring you up to date with the latest statistics, thinking and healing techniques.
We want to ‘spread the word’ to as many people as possible, so attendance fees are modest. We anticipate 1000 delegates for the ‘summit’.
If this all sounds too complicated and you seek some basic information for yourself about trauma and its effects, then consider our ‘sister event’ designed for the interested general public. Hearts & Minds is a series of events which runs in the same venue, at exactly the same time. Prices are subsidised, with special rates for those disabled or on benefits. We expect 2,000 visitors to this one. More details will be available very soon about this.
This initiative is intended to ‘grab the headlines’ and create a ‘buzz’ surrounding trauma, its effects and its healing, but it is important to acknowledge, thank and pay tribute to the many thousands of compassionate, ‘unsung heroes’ in Northern Ireland who have been, and are, working tirelessly and selflessly towards these same objectives over many years. Comprising individuals, groups and organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including universities and other institutions, they are dedicated to supporting and helping others less fortunate than themselves. Our initiative must not ‘steal their limelight’ or take away from what is already happening so strongly ‘on the ground’, but must complement, encourage and enhance it.
You are all very welcome