Australians Are Outraged: I Feel Calm

Australians are outraged. I feel calm. On 16th of January 2021, I started my first daily question for Tharnicaa and Kopika on Twitter. Shortly after I found 2021 Human Rights Watch World Report. I made a series of threads that taught me what a nightmare we are in. #HealingTrauma

Human Rights Watch: https://www.hrw.org

I was attacked by trolls. I was even called a ‘political pedophile’. Through #HomeToBilo, Priya and Nades gave me permission to continue. Although I took a step back and made threads on some of the best things I’ve learnt from Psychology the past 20 years.

Twelve weeks later, I made one thread with a Nelson Mandela quote – “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – that includes: All of Australia’s violations of human rights and trauma informed tools for survival and wellbeing. I could share more but what is the point?

My partner is 4th Dan Black Belt Filipino Martial Arts. Following his one instruction I won Kali 3D International Filipino Martial Arts Tournament even against 50 men! I was crowned “Hurricane Lou”. If I have learnt anything from him it is stick to the basics during combat.

Kali 3D International Filipino Martial Arts Training Camp, Batangas, Philippines (2017) after my first episode of Psychosis (2012).

Always stay calm: remain plain, simple and satisfied. If I applied this to Psychology there is one basic premise. All of our stories share the same trauma: the negative operation of power (ie. a family member, educator, employer, government, religious institution, climate change, war, etc).

The first time I spoke truth was during my PhD back in 2012. I was silenced. I ended up hospitalised with psychosis. A decade later my voice is loud and clear. What is truth? Safety, freedom, health, wellbeing are basic human rights. Far too many of us have been denied them.

The solutions are also basic. However, without power nothing can be achieved. I feel calm because Tharnicaa and Kopika have taught me in twelve weeks more than I’ve learnt in my lifetime. They have helped me to understand Australia’s issues.

Kopika (left) and Tharnicaa (right) were kept at Christmas Island Detention Centre for nearly two years despite trauma informed calls to return them to Biloela, Queensland. Tharnicaa has spent most of her life detained by the Australian Government and is still in community detention to this day. #YouBelong

They have inspired me everyday to find simple, straightforward and inclusive solutions. I feel calm because I have the freedom to share my story with my whole heart. I feel calm because what took me 20 years to learn we now have it all available for all for free.

Your smart phone is your greatest weapon. The whole world is in the palm of our hands. While I may not be able to change all of Australia completely, I do receive messages daily that I have helped many personally. If I could give Australia one gift it would be ‘clarity’.

Your body only needs safety and health. It doesn’t care what you look like. Similarly, your mind needs only clarity: to see things just the way they are. Australia’s problem is that many people in power have confidence without clarity. Confidence without clarity is disastrous.

“But the stakes for Indigenous people are beyond doing time. Since the landmark Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1991, over 474 First Nations people have died in police custody. This year, 10 Aboriginal people have died. It’s a national crisis ongoing since colonisers began imprisoning, surveilling and policing Indigenous people in the 18th Century.” – Incarceration Nation, NITV

Confidence without clarity has destroyed this planet and killed countless lives. Clarity knows this truth. The byproduct of clarity is peace. Joy is simply peace dancing. With clarity one has the opportunity to experience peace, joy, love, compassion, blissfulness and ecstasy.

Clarity is to be extra “ordinary”. Like children and animals, their intelligence is extraordinary. How in touch they are with life. I feel calm because clarity saved my life. I feel calm because Grace Tame, Brittany Higgins and Kate Thornton finally opened pandora’s box.

Australian of the Year Grace Tame: #LetHerSpeak.

“Using my voice amongst a growing chorus of voices that will not be silenced. Let’s make some noise Australia.”

This moment is unprecedented. Every break down has the potential to lead to a break through. If we have the courage and commitment we can use this moment for us all. With clarity we can recreate Australia based on truth: science and compassion. So don’t seek happiness! Seek Clarity.

It has been six months since I published this piece on Twitter. I had no idea I would be selected to be the Psychologist for over 35 Indigenous Health experts at the Closing the Gap on Indigenous Health Conference. I had no idea I would be asked to be on an expert panel to select the best organisation for a new Adult Mental Health Service in Queensland.

I had no idea Wellways would invite me onto Brainwaves at 3CR Community Radio to share my lived experience of Psychosis. I had no idea they would invite me back to share trauma informed tools for wellbeing and my vision for a trauma informed Australia.

I had no idea Dr Cathy Kezelman, President of Blue Knot Foundation, would reach out to thank me for the advocacy I have been doing. I actually thought I might be in trouble for crossing the line. Instead, she invited me to share my own healing journey, training and study, and how it has informed my work, on National Blue Knot Day.

Blue Knot Foundation National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma.

People had regularly asked me if I have blog or a website. As of today I do now. Trauma Informed World is a space where you can learn how to find safety and stabilisation. It is also a place where you can learn the basics for clarity. It is always a place where you can remember that you belong. #YouBelong

It is time we shift from self-esteem (competition, more/less, never enough; aka a “Survival of the Fittest” mindset where it is easy to get “stuck” in trauma) to self-compassion (collaboration, kindness, common humanity, mindfulness via intimacy and play; aka “Enlightenment”, you are enough, #YouBelong). The greatest power is our shared awareness, compassion and purposeful action. This is a trauma informed mindset.

It is time for a trauma informed world.

Now you know the power of Trauma Informed Care. Let’s turn this framework into a mindset for personal, social and political change. If you are unable to, you might need help first, to get safe or become ‘unstuck’ from trauma. Reach out for trauma informed care. #YouBelong

With love,

Dr Louise Hansen
Psychologist
PhD in Psychology
Human Rights Activist

#HealingTrauma #Justice4Australia #YouBelong

Rachel Platten – Fight Song (2014):

“Like a small boat
On the ocean
Sending big waves
Into motion
Like how a single word
Can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion
And all those things I didn’t say
Wrecking balls inside my brain
I will scream them loud tonight
Can you hear my voice this time?
This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me
Losing friends and I’m chasing sleep
Everybody’s worried about me
In too deep
Say I’m in too deep (in too deep)
And it’s been two years I miss my home
But there’s a fire burning in my bones
Still believe
Yeah, I still believe
And all those things I didn’t say
Wrecking balls inside my brain
I will scream them loud tonight
Can you hear my voice this time?
This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me
A lot of fight left in me
Like a small boat
On the ocean
Sending big waves
Into motion
Like how a single word
Can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion
This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong (I’ll be strong)
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me
Know I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me.”

#YouBelong

For Rachel:

You were right all along.

She even looks like you.

This is theirs.

Love.

https://youtu.be/xo1VInw-SKc
#IncarcerationNation

https://youtu.be/XUyfAme3i_U

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin
“Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of support we received overnight! We’re able to fund one more Indigenous Psychology student for a full three year Psychology degree from just a 10 minute appearance on ABC #TheDrum.” – Dr Tracy Westerman AM

If you would like to donate, please visit:

https://www.thejilyainstitute.com.au/about-us/
“Australia’s political system is too broken to tackle climate change, and big polluters are determined to keep it that way. But we have a plan:”

https://www.climate200.com.au
My partner Marcelo Alegre Rubic who taught me do not let anyone control your life. #YouBelong

Trauma Informed World was inspired by Kopika and Tharnicaa; two faces that remind us everyday of Australia’s cruel refugee system. One of many systems in Australia that remind us of the negative operation of power. #HomeToBilo

Kopika (left) and Tharnicaa (right) were kept at Christmas Island Detention Centre for nearly two years despite trauma informed calls to return them to Biloela, Queensland. Tharnicaa has spent most of her life detained by the Australian Government and is still in community detention to this day. #YouBelong
Trauma Informed World acknowledges and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and waterways on which this educational resource was inspired. I acknowledge and respect Elders past, present and emerging. I honour the continuation of educational, cultural and spiritual practices and celebrate the extraordinary diversity of people and relationships worldwide. This website contains images of deceased persons. There are also swear words in some of the songs presented that portray intense emotions. This website is not intended to trigger people who have experienced trauma. However, if you do find any of the content triggering, each page has a link to Australia’s National Helplines and Websites for immediate mental health support. These are my own personal views and comments and may not reflect the views of my employer.

National Australia’s National Helplines and Websites:

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/national-help-lines-and-websites

To provide the best information possible, Beyond Blue has listed national helplines and external services. All services linked to Beyond Blue are reviewed before they are posted.

Published by Dr Louise Hansen

This is a free educational website on Trauma Informed Care for survival and wellbeing. While each injustice differs, all stories share the same trauma: the negative operation of power. Let’s break the cycle of injustice and trauma together one day at a time. The byproduct of clarity is peace. Joy is peace dancing. Trauma is disconnection. Empathy fuels connection. Knowledge is power: “Love is the absence of judgment.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama. #YouBelong

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