Sir Jimmy Savile helps trauma helpline


The Sir Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust has donated £500 towards the launch of the Sudden Trauma Information Service Helpline (STISH), which takes place on Wednesday 29th November.


The helpline is the only UK service dedicated to addressing issues relating to sudden trauma. It has been set up with the assistance of the Aberdeen Centre for Trauma Research (ACTR) at The Robert Gordon University (RGU), and operates through the Aberdeen Counselling Information Service, a project of Mental Health Aberdeen.


Sir Jimmy said, ‘Trauma, we used to call it shock, is bad news for people. STISH from Aberdeenis good news. This idea could finish up round the world – and so it should. Well done, the granite city – I always did love it – even though I first had to cycle from Yorkshireto get there!’


Dr Susan Klein, Senior Clinical Research Fellow at RGU and ACTR team member said, ‘Whilst we know that most individuals do adjust to traumatic events, the initial period of adjustment can be very difficult for them because they are commonly confronted by unfamiliar medical, psychological, legal, and employment issues.

‘After large and well-publicised traumatic events survivors and their families are commonly offered information and advice, but this is rarely true for those who are the victim of sudden daily trauma, such as, road, industrial and domestic accidents, and assaults.’

Financial support to establish STISH in February of this year was provided by the UK Offshore Operators’ Association (UKOOA) following a generous contribution from 21 oil and gas-related organisations and from the Awards for All programme; a consortium of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Arts Council, sportscotland and the Big Lottery Fund.


The helpline number is 0845 3670998. Information, including helpline operation times is available at www.stish.org. 


The launch will take place from 12 noon – 2pm at RGU’s Faculty of Health and Social Care building and will be attended by representatives from across the health sector, oil and gas industry, and government.


ENDS                                                            10 November 2006


For further information on STISH contact Dr Susan Klein on 01224 263102 or s.klein@rgu.ac.uk

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