Ways to help
Talk about the PTSD Walk, use #PTSDWalk
- People with PTSD usually suffer in silence
- Most people with PTSD are non-military
- Steve’s schedule is posted. Talk with him.
Share your mental victories
- Success leaves clues for others to follow
- Share coping skills and wellness strategies
- Talk about your battles with anxiety and stress
- Tell someone “I believe in you.” #ibeleiveinyou
- Talk about when and how you asked for help
Fix Employee Assistance Programs
- Remove stigma for getting help
- Vet mental health professionals with Police and Firefighters in mind
- Questionnaire provided by Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance
Donate to the PTSD Walk
Post-Traumatic Stress is scary and emotionally draining. Sometimes, when things seem too much, suicide is used as the tool of last resort. We cannot change that harsh fact. What we can do is give people more useful tools. Remember, not all tools are handheld. The 1-10 pain scale is an example of a mental tool that makes explaining pain much easier. It can also be used for anger, fear, and other emotions. Below are five useful tools.
- When fearful, use anger to make the fear go away.
- When angry, use sadness to make the anger go away.
- When anxious hold your breath to increase a sense of calm. Avoid over breathing.
- When there is too much going on to process everything in the moment. Stop processing and focus on data collection. Use time to your advantage and process it another time.
- When you need additional perspective, capture the thoughts. Draw, sketch, mold, photograph, or write out the thoughts to review.
None of the above five things require anyone else to be involved.
Please remember, PTSD is not just mental. It messes with physical health in a bunch of ways. Many people with PTSD have an autoimmune disease such as hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, or multiple sclerosis Many also have sleep apnea (69.2%) and are at much higher risk of heart failure (95%).
For Additional information on PTSD, please visit the website of the National Center for PTSD.