Dear Colleagues and fellow members of the ESTD
A WARM WELCOME TO THE NEW ESTD MEMBERS.
First, I wanted to address the issue of the effects of the financial crisis and restrictions in the field of mental health in Europe, affecting both the work of colleagues active in the clinical sector and patients with chronic disorders amongst others those related to chronic traumatization. It seems that the volume of budget allocations for mental health is an indicator of the concept o f man which prevails in a given society. The Fiscal policy of drastic restrictions in funding mental health sector indicates a hard position against chronic mentally troubled persons. This political culture, based on an economical current favouring healthy people is opposed to a more humanist current both currents being signs of our modern society. The effects are going in a direction that mental health care is becoming more difficult for all citizens, instead of being users of mental health services, we become clients, consumers.
Associations and societies like ours are often insufficiently heard or consulted or asked for participation in decision making. Maybe the legislation in east and west European countries regarding mental health policies does not argue enough about benefits to the quality of life. Perhaps enough research concerning those benefits, above all financial ones, for our society, of promoting better life quality, with the help of offering proper treatment to very traumatized persons would lead to a change in this legislation. Even if we can observe that over the past 20 years some studies concerning those financial benefits have been fulfilled, a lot of work still needs to be done.
With the upcoming conference in Denmark it is a big opportunity for our Society to emphasize the importance of our work in the field of trauma and dissociation. The improvement of knowledge, of results concerning specific treatment for this clinical traumatized population can help, over time, in making overall people and legislators become aware about the advantages of having these persons develop a better quality of life.
Next to this serious matter, our conference is also and above all a meeting place, where numerous clinicians working in different fields related to trauma and dissociation, coming from different cultures, can exchange about their different perspectives and share their experiences. ESTD wants to offer the space to allow an abundance of information and knowledge to be exchanged, the emergence of new collaborations and developing networks, all this despite the language barrier. Even if it a fact that English is the language necessary to exchange and express as best as possible our thoughts and ideas with most of the ESTD conference participants, it doesn’t need to be the only vehicle of communication in ESTD. As mentioned before, ESTD is realizing efforts and will do more so in the future to make from this society a multilingual one. This can only be possible with your help, we always need some people who are ready and have some time to translate.
If you have some questions or requests, please let us know or address them to the contact persons of your country, mentioned on the website country pages or on the last pages of this Newsletter.
From ESTD Newsletter Volume 3, Number 6, March 2014