Welcome to First Person Plural
First Person Plural (FPP) specialises in working for and on behalf of all those affected by Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and similar complex trauma-related dissociative identity conditions. These similar conditions include type 1 Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (DDNOS), and a type of Other Specified Dissociative Disorder (OSDD) which is described as DID-like. DID itself is sometimes referred to by the older and less accurate term of Multiple Personalities.
Established in 1997, FPP remains the only national membership charity which focuses exclusively on these frequently unrecognised and misunderstood conditions. The complex dissociative identity conditions are common in those who have experienced protracted repeated trauma, of a severe or extreme nature, that started in early childhood. The associated trauma is usually childhood abuse, (sexual, physical, emotional, spiritual) and/or neglect, but may be other childhood trauma, e.g. recurrent invasive medical procedures; prolonged or repeated illness of a parent or other primary caregiver.
The work of the charity is to improve knowledge, understanding, & recognition; encourage & facilitate mutual support; and move towards better access to specialist assessments with effective treatment and care pathways. We do this through training courses, brief awareness raising sessions, written information and audio visual resources, a member’s newsletter, access to online support forums for full members; and members open meetings.
We strongly believe in collaborative working with other organisations working within a similar ethos to our own and with related aims. This includes working co-operatively with a number of charities and networking groups (e.g. TAG, RAINS, NAPAC, TST, Survivors Alliance) and a close working relationship with the UK network of members of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation, which is the specialist professional association for this field.
We welcome into associate membership professionals and others with an occupational, supporting or general interest in complex trauma-related dissociation. Full membership is reserved for those with personal lived experience of a complex dissociative disorder. Joining FPP is one simple way in which you can show your support for the charity’s work, while also receiving the benefits of membership.
How we can help
Members Fun & Crafts Open Meeting
The fun and crafts open meeting for FPP members hosted by the Norwich peer support group on 23rd January was a great success, with about a dozen people there. The afternoon enabled members attending to be with others affected by complex dissociative disorders in a safe, understanding environment. It made it possible for full and associate members
Bereavement counsellors trained by FPP
On Tuesday, 19th January First Person Plural’s trainers delivered one day training on dissociation to bereavement counsellors in Chelmsford.