RoadPeace patron and trauma specialist Dr. Noreen Tehrani devised the Resilience Building Programme in response to the trauma and bereavement needs of those who have suffered the loss of a loved one in a crash.
The programme involves small group sessions with trained group facilitators and aims to provide participants with a tool box of skills to help them cope with many aspects of their trauma: stress, negative thoughts, anxiety and distress, panic attacks, sleeplessness and nightmares. All natural reactions to an unnatural death.
RoadPeace piloted the Resilience Building Programme in London in 2009. Fifteen people attended; a mixture of bereaved parents, adult children, partners and siblings. We ran two groups over a six week period. Six sessions of an hour and a half each were held on a weekday evening in central London. Each group was facilitated by two specially trained trauma therapists.
The feedback we received from this pilot was very positive with participants feeling that they had managed to control some of their trauma symptoms and gained valuable support from knowing they were "not alone" in their grief and distress.
In 2010 the Ministry of Justice funded three groups and we were able to run a separate session for bereaved siblings. Both feedback from participants and the technical evaluation of results were very positive and the Ministry of Justice has endorsed now this programme by funding it till 2014. This will see the programme running twice a year in Central London, and being rolled out to the South West, North West and Thames Valley in the next couple of years.
If you are interested in attending or know a person/ family who might benefit from this sort of support then please contact the office on 020 7733 1603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.