Violence is omnipresent in societies, communities, institutions, families, and relationships. Its impact on mental health is both, short, and long-lasting. This talk focusses on the impact of extreme violence on mental health, negative emotions and resilience. Following an overview on violence characteristics and scope and extent, the talk will provide insights into the mental health consequences resulting from extreme violence. I will review research findings and present own research showing that extreme violence is associated with mental health and that factors in the aftermath of the event play an additional role for course and severity of symptoms over time.
The Seminar is free entry. The request of a certificate and / or declaration of attendance must be ordered on the day of the event at the ISPUP Secretariat.
Jutta Lindert is full professor of Public Health at the University of Emden, Emden, Germany and resident scholar at the WRSC, Brandeis University, USA. Her main research interests are Global Public Mental Health, especially migration and mental health, violence, especially genocide and war and its impact on mental health, traumatic life events and mental health, and lifecourse epidemiology. Recently, she is working on resilience and well-being in marginalized groups. Additionally, she is president of the Section on “Public Mental Health” of the “European Association of Mental Health” (EUPHA). Currently, she is involved in several multicentre research-projects investigating mental health and resilience. Before being appointed as Professor of Public Health she worked at different universities in the United Kingdom (Queen Mary & The Barts in London) and in Germany (e.g. Protestant University of Ludwigsburg, University of Bielefeld, University of Mainz).