Early life trauma (ELT) is known to be a key determinant of later life health and wellbeing. Within Belarus and Ukraine, high levels of ELT have been associated with some of the highest levels of suicide and substance abuse amongst young people and adults in the world.
Whilst this situation has been widely linked to the significant social, political and economic upheavals experienced in the Central and Eastern European Region over the past three decades, there is a dearth of detailed analysis of the causes of early life trauma in Belarus or Ukraine, or the socio-cultural context in which it is experienced, understood and responded to. This is due in large part to the continuing dominance of psychiatric and biomedical models of understanding, which pay little attention to the socio-cultural factors underpinning people’s lives, and to the lack of funding that has been available for non-clinical research.
This project involves running a series of workshops with partner organisations
Ukrainian Catholic University and Minsk Regional Centre for Psychiatry and Addiction to bring together key stakeholders from diverse disciplinary and service provider backgrounds in Belarus and Ukraine in order to
- support key stakeholders and service providers working with those affected by early life trauma to better understand its causes and the ways that multiple traumas interact to establish risk for negative mental health, substance abuse and suicide
- identify the factors and mechanisms which promote resilience amongst those affected by ELT and protect against negative mental health, substance abuse and suicide.
Felicity Thomas (PI), https://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/history/staff/fthomas/
Mark Jackson, http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/history/staff/jackson/
Dzmitry Krupchenka, https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0126-5281
Olga Kazakova, http://www.npl.co.uk/people/olga-kazakova
Orest Suvalo http://www.mhinnovation.net/profile/orest-suvalo