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Making Scotland an ACE informed nation

Making Scotland an ACE informed nation

Continuing the conversation at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships

Time to Respond – a film screening

I am pleased to announce that we will be screening Time to Respond at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, a 30 minute documentary film about the link between childhood sexual abuse and perinatal mental health (you can view the trailer here :

In the documentary Women from the Stepping Out Mental Health Project in North Berwick talk about the impact of postnatal depression and childhood sexual abuse and how it was triggered by the pregnancy. They describe how the group supports their recovery and with their facilitators, a health visitor and mental health worker they explore what good practice looks and feels like and the importance of getting the right response at the right time. We will be joined at the event by Dr Sarah Nelson, a Research Associate at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) and a research specialist on childhood sexual abuse and its effects across the lifecourse.

“This is a very important and timely film, which needs to be shown widely” Dr Sarah Nelson, research associate CRFR.

“Very beneficial to health professionals, breathtakingly powerful and so courageously presented.” Health Visitor Fife.

The film has been designed to raise awareness within services throughout Scotland in responding effectively to people with a history of trauma. To do this, it explores the effects of sexual abuse, the impact through pre and post-natal care, survivors needs, workers fears and how to respond effectively to CSA trauma.

It is the fourth documentary produced by Sue Hampson, Director of Safe to Say Trauma Informed Training and Consultancy and Sitar Rose, Openhand Productions which focus on hearing the voice of survivors, providing a valuable insight into the complex issues that emerge from the experience of child abuse. Sitar and Sue’s underlying principle is to establish the trust and safety of participants, working with a person-centered approach to enable them to stay in control of their contribution to the final films.

Feedback on the documentary to date has been incredible and we hope that our colleagues working and researching perinatal Mental Health, Health Visitors, Midwives, Nurses, Psychiatrists, CPN’s, GPS, Early Years Practitioners, Social workers in Children and Families, Community Mental Health projects and specialist survivor agencies in the third sector can join us at the event. 

You can sign up the event here: 

About Time to Respond

Time to Respond is a collaboration between Stepping Out, a Mental Health project in East Lothian, Safe to Say Trauma Informed Training and Consultancy and Openhand Productions. The film is funded by the Scottish Government and was launched in 2018.

Sue Hampson is the Director of Safe to Say Trauma Informed Training and Consultancy, which provides training to enable staff to respond sensitively and with confidence when dealing with disclosures of Childhood Sexual Abuse and traumatic experiences. (Safe to Say training got the Scottish Mental Health Nurses Forum’s, Practise Excellence award for Innovations in Education in 2014). Sitar Rose, Openhand Productions is an independent documentary filmmaker who has directed, filmed and edited films for broadcast, education and exhibitions and has specialised in health education work and the arts for over 20 years. They have worked together since 2009 to produce powerful and moving films which focus on Survivors personal experience and what hindered or helped on their road to recovery.  (Best Documentary in the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, 2010 and 2014).



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