“We don’t heal in isolation, but in community.” S. Kelley Harrell

June is PTSD Awareness Month, and we want to share with our members the information we have gained from working with our contracted partners at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and with the Veterans Care Coordination. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is world leading in its research and educational center for excellence on PTSD and traumatic stress. This newsletter will focus on what PTSD is and what families and caregivers can do to support a loved one dealing with PTSD.

What is PTSD?

PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) is a mental health problem that some people can develop after witnessing or experiencing a life-threatening event. Anyone at any age can experience PTSD. It is entirely normal to have trouble sleeping, feel anxious, or have memories that upset you and affect your daily life after you experience a traumatic event. Some people will experience these symptoms right away, while others may start experiencing symptoms later on, or they may come and go over time.

How can I help?

PTSD includes an array of symptoms that can also affect family and friends. Trauma survivors may experience symptoms that cause problems with communication, trust, and closeness. Family members, friends, and caregivers can help support by being there for the individual and providing treatment options. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, many great treatments are available to individuals living with PTSD. Finding a mental health care provider to speak with, therapies, learning healthy coping reactions, peer support groups, mindfulness practice, service animals, and online apps through the VA are some of the top and most effective ways to help and cope with PTSD symptoms. 

At Premier, we know mental health is just as important as physical health. We are here to support our communities. If you or someone you know is living with PTSD, please visit: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/family/getsupport.asp to learn more about ways to get support. 

For more information contact:

Premier Home Health Care Services, Inc.

www.premierhomehealthcare.com