Justine Hardy is a trauma psychologist and author, having worked in South Asia for more than 25 years. Justine shares with us her journey, taking us to Kashmir’s war zone, England and the United States – all places where she has treated people in need. She established Healing Kashmir, a center that helps people in this war torn area deal with their trauma, fear and anxiety. In the UK, Justine works in hospitals with patients immediately after they have a failed suicide attempt.
The story she tells is not easy but it is uplifting and leaves you feeling that there is hope and ways to heal.
In this episode we talk about:
• The stigma of mental health and suicide and the help available
• Her own PTSD experience from being long periods in Kashmir and how she learned to understand what she was experiencing and knowing she could deal with it
• The role of women as the keepers of ‘normal life’ and how they are the holders of the “fabric of society” despite their own traumas
• How we can function even when we suffer from anxiety or live in high anxiety conditions
• Shifting from the curative approach to the preventive approach where we can understand our own minds and how to deal with changes in our feelings and moods
• How we need to know that love of ourselves and others is the way to happiness