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How Childhood Trauma Causes Complex Trauma – Merino

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How Childhood Trauma Causes Complex Trauma - Merino

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John Michael Ojo

The President of Jars Group and Jars Therapeutics, Professor Akindotun Merino has disclosed that childhood trauma can become a foundation for complex trauma in the life of an individual if not properly treated

Merino said this during the trauma care awareness walk to mark this year’s mental health week on Wednesday

Jars Education Group and Jars Therapeutics,  bodies which seek to provide mental health care services to individuals in Lagos State and its environs embarked on a trauma  awareness walk to  sensitise Lagos residents to the impact of trauma among individuals and the nation at large.

The exercise led by the US-trained professor of psychology began with a procession from Allen Junction in Ikeja axis of the state to the governor’s office in Alausa where they had intended to register their presence and mission.

The awareness walk which had participants carrying placards such as “trauma kills”, “if it is hysterical, it is historical,” “stand against domestic violence”,  “end childhood trauma”,  “emotional trauma is real in Nigeria”,  “domestic abuse is a human rights violation” amongst others had other groups such as Sickle Cell Management Initiative in attendance.

While responding to questions from our correspondent,  Prof. Merino who is in the country to contribute her quota to addressing mental health issues such as trauma, stated that there was a great need for government to collaborate with other professionals in the country to provide effective and affordable trauma care services to individuals at all levels in order to address the menace’s long-term consequences such as under-productivity.

According to her, there are different types of trauma which are type one and type two. While type one trauma is well known and can be easily identified by people, the type two trauma is often not psychosocial in nature, she said.

“This is a trauma awareness walk, this is mental health week and we are addressing trauma because trauma is a mental health issue. There are different types of trauma.

“There is type one and type two trauma, type one trauma are the ones you all know such as an accident, an abuse of all kinds but type two trauma are not well known. There is a neglect of a child, abusing a child probably verbally, some types of domestic violence that includes financial violence, emotional abuse.

“They are not usually taken into consideration but these things have a way of impacting your life, Childhood trauma is the foundation for complex trauma”, she said.

According to her, if one is not strong enough “once you have a childhood trauma,  you are set up to have different types of trauma all the years of your life if you are not treated.

“We are drawing attention to Nigerians and Lagos State especially to say this is something we have to care about,  not just mental health but trauma care. That people in homes are suffering,  little kids don’t need to be told that they are not good enough, abuse them and things like that, parents working several jobs without dedicating time for their kids, when you  are hitting your wife or husband all these could become traumatic,” she said.

While commending the Lagos State government for its support towards providing its residents with comprehensive health care services,  Merino urged the government and other nongovernmental  organisations to support her course through collaborative effort in order to reach a greater number of people as the government cannot do it alone.

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“The government cannot do it all alone,  we need other people. I also want International bodies to know that this is something they all need to gather around to fix up”, she said.

She also disclosed that an individual could be dealing with trauma if he/she lacks  concentration, unable  to complete a common task, constantly yelling, having insomnia (the inability to sleep) etc.

She added that the group has two facilities located in Ijaiye and another in Ikorodu area of the state. She said the facilities are very accessible and provide services to the public almost at a no cost and anyone who is dealing with any trauma-related challenges can walk in to receive appropriate support from professionals who are ever-ready to lend their services.

 

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BREAKING: Peter Obi Resigns From PDP

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BREAKING: Peter Obi Resigns From PDP

Former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi on Wednesday dumped the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Obi announced his resignation in a letter dated 20 May, addressed to the National Chairman of the party.

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In the letter seen by New Times, Obi gave reasons for his withdrawal from the presidential race.

 

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Security Forces’ll Deal With Killings In South-East, Others – Buhari

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Security Forces'll Deal With Killings In South-East, Others - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that perpetrators of killings in the South-East and other parts of the country would be dealt with by security forces.

“I strongly condemn the wild, barbarous and wanton killings of innocent people in the South-East, as well as in other parts of Nigeria, Buhari wrote on his official Twitter handle.

“The perpetrators of these deeply distressing attacks should expect the toughest possible response from the security forces.”

The president was reacting to the recent gruesome killing of a mother – Fatima – and her four children in Anambra State.

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Several quarters have accused the proscribed secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as the mastermind of the gruesome killings.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna chapter, has also condemned the killing urging that IPOB terrorism needs to be stopped.

“This unfortunate act is getting out of hand. IPOB members are murderers, cowards and subhumans who oppress the innocent and kill children. FG should treat them the same way as Boko Haram,” CAN said.

Unknown assailants have continued to wreak havoc around the South-East since the incarceration of IPOB’s leader Nnamdi Kanu. The separatist group has repeatedly distanced itself from attacks on state assets and government functionaries.

Attacks in Anambra have become vicious in recent days, with gruesome killings of politicians and arson on police and other statement establishments on the upswing.

 

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AfAW Lauds Church Of Scotland For Acknowledging Harm Linked To Witchcraft Accusations

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AfAW Lauds Church Of Scotland For l Harm Linked To Witchcraft Accusations

The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) has lauded the Church of Scotland for taking steps to acknowledge inked to Scotland`s historic witchcraft laws centuries ago. At its 2022 General Assembly, the church accepted the motion brought by Rev Prof Susan Hardman that regrets the terrible harm caused to alleged witches in Scotland.

“AfAW received this news of the Church of Scotland`s acknowledgment with much excitement and hope for the future of its campaign to end witch-hunting in Africa”, a statement by Dr Leo Igwe, a leader of the group in Nigeria, said.

It continued : “This development marks a significant step in the efforts by Witches of Scotland to win justice, legal pardon, apology, and national monument for thousands of people mostly women who were convicted of witchcraft and executed between 1563 and 1736. AfAW is delighted by the progress that the campaign by Witches of Scotland has made. On March 8, 2022, the International Women`s Day, the Scottish first minister, Nicola Surgeon, offered a formal apology to people accused of witchcraft in the 16th and 18th centuries.

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Incidentally, this campaign has elicited criticisms from some segments of the Scottish population who think that the initiative is unnecessary because these are wrongs committed centuries ago. Some people say that such a campaign is an anachronism to the current generation of Scottish people. But these critics are greatly mistaken. They have forgotten that injustice is injustice no matter how long in the past it was committed. And it is never too late to say: ‘I am sorry.’ It is never too late to acknowledge mistakes and wrongdoings. It is never too late to remedy past injustices, especially when these injustices are still meted out to people in some parts of the world.

“More importantly, this campaign has so much contemporary relevance and resonance. Tens of thousands of people, including women, children, and elderly persons, still suffer harm linked to witchcraft accusations and prosecution in many African countries. And churches with a direct and indirect link to the Church of Scotland often perpetuate these abuses. Churches in Africa are part of the problem of witch-hunting in the region. Churchmen and women are modern-day witch hunters, witchcraft accusers and witch persecutors. This acknowledgment by the Church of Scotland sends a clear and powerful message to its counterparts and affiliates in Africa. This regret provides the moral leadership that has been missing in this campaign. This development in Scotland will help persuade and mobilize African churches to become part of the efforts to end abuses linked to witchcraft beliefs in the region.”

 

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