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Aleks Krotoski explores how technology can empower a person to become a rescuer, but can rescuing others hide a need to rescue oneself?

Aleks explores how technology can increase self -efficacy and therefore our belief that we can rescue others. Aleks discovers that sharing vulnerabilities online can turn a victim into a rescuer as others who need help will often seek you out giving you the opportunity to help them. Helping others can help detract from your own problems and help empower but as professional therapists know all too well there needs to be boundaries to prevent emotional burnout, but Aleks discovers that setting boundaries online is not easy.

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Mon 29 Oct 2018 16:30

Dr Sander Van Der Linden

Dr Sander Van Der Linden
Sander is the Director of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab at the University of Cambridge. He is especially interested in the evolution, spread, and influence of social norms in shaping prosocial behaviour and human cooperation. He talks about how technology can increase feelings of self-efficacy and how this can increase people's belief in their ability to rescue.

Sheila Talin

Sheila Talin
Sheila Talin came to the UK fifteen years ago from the Philippines to work as a housekeeper for a family in London.  In 2004 she found herself rescuing two migrant nannies from an abusive family staying in London. Shelia then founded the Filipino Migrant Workers Organisation and since 2004 she has been regularly contacted through Facebook by migrant women working as nannies and housekeepers in London to be rescued. 

Mandy Jones

Mandy Jones
Mandy is from Hawick in the Scottish Borders and runs The Empowered Women Project through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and her blog.  After suffering several consecutive traumas Mandy's mental health took a downward spiral and she ended up in hospital.  Mandy decided to share her experiences through a blog which quickly attracted the attention of many other women suffering from mental health issues.  Helping others by sharing her own story has significantly helped Mandy on the road to recovery.

SK Shlomo

SK Shlomo
SK Shlomo is the world’s best beat boxer and from the age of 19 experienced a whirlwind of tours and performing but two years ago he stopped it all to write an album and the process of stopping and reflecting on himself completely broke him.  He'd been 'running' between the ages of 19 to 34 from trauma experienced during his childhood.  When he faced it, it took him to rock bottom. In a vulnerable state he shared his story though social media which Shlomo says saved him from suicide.

Laura Key

Laura Key
Laura is a practicing psychologist and runs group and one to one therapy sessions.  She specialises in helping clients suffering from depression, trauma and anxiety. Laura says you always need to keep in check that you cannot rescue or fix people but offer the tools so people can help themselves.

Dr Terry Hanley

Dr Terry Hanley
Terry is the Programme Director of the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at The University of Manchester.  Terry has written widely about counselling psychology and is particularly interested in researching young people's use of online therapy forums.

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