An­i­mated film nom­i­nated for top tele­vi­sion award

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An in­no­va­tive an­i­mated film cre­ated by NHS La­nark­shire which the po­lice use to train their of­fi­cers to gather more ev­i­dence on sex­ual of­fence crimes has been nom­i­nated for a Royal Tele­vi­sion So­ci­ety award.

The short film‘Trauma and the Brain’was cre­ated by NHS La­nark­shire’s End­ing Vi­o­lence Abuse (EVA) Ser­vices.

It has been cho­sen as one of the top three an­i­ma­tions made in Scot­land last year.

The film ex­plains the phys­i­o­log­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal im­pact abuse or vi­o­lent as­sault can have on a per­son and how it can re­sult in them hav­ing dif­fi­culty re­call­ing in­for­ma­tion.

For those at­tempt­ing to gather ev­i­dence, this can present chal­lenges, and in worse case sce­nar­ios, can see vic­tims per­ceived as un­re­li­able.

How­ever the film ex­plains how to recog­nise trauma and help the vic­tim re­cover to a point where they are able to give po­lice more in­for­ma­tion.

Ann Hayne, NHS La­nark­shire gen­der-based vi­o­lence man­ager, said:“Since we launched this film around a year ago, we’ve had terrific feed­back from around the world – Fin­land, Canada, USA, Aus­tralia – and or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Po­lice Scot­land which has de­cided to use it for in­for­ma­tion and train­ing.

“For it to also be nom­i­nated for such a pres­ti­gious award is fan­tas­tic news.”

The film ex­plains how when peo­ple go about our daily busi­ness, they can col­lect, store and re­call in­for­ma­tion eas­ily.

How­ever, when some­thing trau­matic hap­pens, an older, less de­vel­oped part of the brain takes pri­or­ity fo­cussing on sur­vival.

It’s only when the brain senses that dan­ger has passed, will the newer, more an­a­lyt­i­cal parts of the brain re­sume full func­tion and en­able the per­son to piece to­gether more in­for­ma­tion.

Ann con­tin­ued:“Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing abuse or other types of trauma can lead to post trau­matic stress dis­or­der with symp­toms that last more than a month.

“This short film high­lights some things to look out for and un­der­stand bet­ter how they might cause dif­fi­cul­ties for the per­son try­ing to make sense of what has hap­pened.”

To view the film, visit: https://vimeo. com/user29908221/ trauma-and-the-brain

For more in­for­ma­tion, or to re­quest the film on DVD disc, con­tact EVASer­vices@la­nark­shire.scot.nhs. uk

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