Army TRiM trainers win award

Saw this, thought it might be of interest:



30 OCTOBER 2009

The Army’s Trauma Risk Management Team have won the mental Health category in this year’s prestigious Military and Civilian Health Partnership Awards 2009.
From a shortlist of 24, eight winning individuals and teams were announced at the ceremony last night in Edinburgh, attended by The Duke of Gloucester, Defence Minister Kevan Jones and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
The 2009 Awards have been hosted by the Scottish Government – one member of a partnership comprising the Ministry of Defence, the Department of Health, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for Northern Ireland.

It is notable that of all the short listed nominations, the TRiM Team were one of a very few non medical initiatives to be selected.

Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) training is being given to large numbers of deploying troops in order to improve awareness of psychological trauma. This increase in awareness is designed to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and encourage those in distress to seek help where necessary.

OC of the Team Major ‘Skid’ Dorney explains ‘Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) is a peer delivered support system, which is designed to identify various risk factors in service personnel after traumatic incidents. TRiM is not therapy or counselling, nor is it a medical initiative. Soldiers are usually reluctant to talk to strangers when they are in difficulty and invariably it is their mates that they turn to for help. For this reason TRiM is delivered by trained personnel already in the unit. The well known ‘Buddy Buddy System’’

The Army’s TRiM training is delivered by a dedicated team of non medical personnel consisting of seven experienced Warrant Officers and a late entry Major; all are from various regiments and all actively involved in the organisation and training of Army personnel, both Regular and TA. They are based at the Army Medical Directorate in Camberley, Surrey, with a cell in Germany. The Team delivers detailed and intensive training to non medical personnel enabling them to recognise signs and symptoms of stress in soldiers.
Isn't it funny how no-one had ever heard of TRiM until the Army got hold of it (having fiercely resisted it for quite a few years)?

Nevertheless, Skid and the gang are doing a bang up job and certainly deserve recognition for it.

Keep up the good work, chaps!

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