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Prevalence of trauma in an Australian Inner City Mental Health Service consumer population

Phipps, M, Molloy, L ORCID: 0000-0002-6120-9380 and Visentin, D ORCID: 0000-0001-9961-4384 2018 , 'Prevalence of trauma in an Australian Inner City Mental Health Service consumer population' , Community Mental Health Journal , doi:

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This study examined the rates and types of trauma reported by consumers utilising an inner city mental health service inSydney, Australia. The study also explored whether consumers felt that it had been helpful to be asked about their experienceof trauma, whether they thought that these questions should be asked routinely and if they wanted to talk about theseexperiences. Ninety-one consumers from an inner city mental health service were assessed. Eighty-eight percent of theconsumers assessed reported that they had experienced at least one traumatic event, while 79% reported having experiencedtwo or more events. A majority of consumers identified that they thought it was helpful to be asked about trauma and that itshould be part of an assessment. However, less than one-third of these consumers surveyed wanted to talk about the traumaat the time of assessment. Concerns that clinicians may have in regards to addressing trauma in mental health assessmentare not matched by consumers’ expressed beliefs on the issue.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Phipps, M and Molloy, L and Visentin, D
Keywords: mental health, health services, risk factors
Journal or Publication Title: Community Mental Health Journal
Publisher: Kluwer Academic-Human Sciences Press
ISSN: 0010-3853
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