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NAPAC’s 20th Birthday Celebration, 29th April 2017. Pianist James Rhodes and celebrity patrons such as Dame Esther Rantzen are celebrating with an evening of music and entertainment, food and bubbly!
The mental health needs of adult survivors of childhood abuse are not being met by the NHS. Health professionals may recognise that childhood abuse is the root cause of someone’s mental health problems, but there is minimal provision of trauma-informed and focused support which addresses the abuse underlying these conditions.
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood’s (NAPAC) support line, the only national support line for adult survivors of child abuse in the UK, has been overwhelmed by demand since footballers bravely spoke about the abuse they suffered in childhood. The charity, which has just 10 staff, has received over 10,000 call attempts to its support line in the past five weeks and took 654 calls over this period.
NAPAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood) will be running 12 week survivor support groups in Dorking, Cardiff, Warrington and London, starting in early 2017. These groups, for up to 12 participants, are for adults who suffered any type of childhood abuse.
NAPAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood) has seen a tenfold increase in the number of adult survivors of child abuse registering for their support groups from 10 registrations a week to a hundred per week in the past three weeks. The charity is calling for a refocusing on the lack of appropriate support for those who have suffered such painful trauma and abuse in childhood.
Many adult survivors struggle to cope with various aspects of life including issues such as low self-esteem, anger, guilt and self-blame.
Peter Saunders, founder of the National Association for People Abused In Childhood (NAPAC), said “I think its a great tragedy she has gone but let’s move on.”