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global DIGITAL solutions for trauma

BEATtrauma

 
 

BEATtrauma is a unified digital platform bringing together the best global solutions for trauma through partnerships and new product developments. 

 
 

OUR VISION

 
 

BEATtrauma’s vision is to provide immediate digital access to treatment in order to support people experiencing severe mental health challenges as a result of trauma. We focus on young refugees, humanitarian aid workers and veterans. 

Currently, 97% of those living with trauma receive no treatment at all.

BEATtrauma is developing a comprehensive digital platform to turn that around. This platform will bring together a range of evidence-based support and treatments. 

Our first priority is to develop the BEATtrauma platform for young refugees arriving in Europe, humanitarian aid workers and veterans. 

Smartphone and internet use is common amongst all those groups.  For example, in refugee camps, over 89% of young refugees have access to a smartphone according to Penn State researchers

 

 

 

Traumatised people often live in isolation and do not have access to mental health care, neither within conflicts (Internally Displaced Persons - IDPs) nor outside (in transit or receiving countries), during or when returning from mission or deployment.

In addition, cultural barriers make it challenging for people to openly speak about their mental health challenges. 

BEATtrauma’s digital platform will be based initially on a conversational ‘AI tool’ that has been deployed successfully already in the UK, Germany and in Spain. 

The platform will be developed with experts, academia, international aid organisations, armed forces, refugees, veterans and humanitarian aid workers.

 

97%

of Trauma sufferers never receive treatment

20%

Of all suicide cases in the US are veterans

 

50%

of refugees arriving in Germany suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

89%

of refugees have access to smartphones

 
 
 

WHAT IS TRAUMA?

 
 

Trauma can result from a wide range of life-threatening events, that are both experienced and witnessed, such as:

  • Physical assault
  • A serious accident
  • War
  • Natural disaster either as a participant or humanitarian worker
  • Sexual assault or abuse

Trauma is different from stress. Whilst, all traumatic events are stressful but not all stressful events are traumatic. Whilst stress may impact mental and physical health, it is not always harmful whereas trauma is harmful in the vast majority of cases. 

In the immediate aftermath of a traumatic event, people often experience strong feelings of fear, sadness, guilt, anger and/or grief. As they begin to make sense of what has happened to them, these feelings usually begin to subside. For some  however, the feelings persist and become symptomatic, resulting in mental health issues like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 

PTSD has a defined set of symptoms which include:

  • Feelings of hopelessness, shame, or despair
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Drinking or drug problems
  • Physical symptoms or chronic pain

These symptoms can emerge months and years after a traumatic event. PTSD is a particular condition and requires specific evidence-based support and treatments.

 

of people suffering from PTSD

Source: Barends Psychology

 
 
 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can hit each of us  - ex. refugees

 
 
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50% of refugees arriving in Germany suffer from PTSD

In 2013, the World Health Organisation (WHO) made a study in 21 countries on trauma. Respondents reported witnessing violence (21.8%) or experiencing interpersonal violence (18.8%), accidents (17.7%), exposure to war (16.2%) or trauma to a loved one (12.5%). An estimated 3.6% of the world's population has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the previous year, the study showed. In the US, PTSD affects about 7.7 million adults in a given year.

In Europe, PTSD prevalence ranges from 0.56% to 6.67% in the general population. Countries with the highest prevalence of PTSD are the Netherlands, the UK, France and Germany. Countries with the lowest prevalence of PTSD are Spain and Switzerland.

Some of those experiencing the highest rates of PTSD are refugees, humanitarian workers and veterans. 

BEATTrauma will focus on all three of these groups with a first priority of young refugees.

Most refugees, especially the young, have experienced trauma related to war or persecution that may affect their mental and physical health long after the events have occurred. These traumatic events may occur while the refugees are in their country of origin, during displacement from their country of origin, or in the resettlement process.

While in their country of origin, refugee children may have experienced violence or war (as witnesses, victims, and/or perpetrators); lack of food, water, shelter, or medical care; torture; forced labor; sexual assault; and loss of loved ones. During displacement, refugee children often face many of the same types of traumatic events or hardships, as well as new experiences such as living in refugee camps, separation from family, loss of community, harassment by local authorities, and detention. Once resettled, refugees may continue to face traumatic stress, as well as Acculturation Stress (e.g., new school environments), Resettlement Stress (e.g., financial hardship), and Isolation (e.g., discrimination).

 
 
 

Help us to help people deal with their Trauma.

 
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