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PTSD Awareness Month: Some Helpful Tips for You & Loved Ones

The month of June is dedicated to raising awareness about PTSD and how to access treatment for those effected by PTSD. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be experienced by men, women, and children from experiences in their lives, such as combat, accidents, disasters, or even abuse. No matter the reason you or a loved one experiences PTSD, it is treatable, but not everyone seeks treatment or knows how to help their loved one during the healing process.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a terrifying experience for the individual as well as the people around them, but there are simple things you can do to provide support. First off, one of the best things you can do is be a good listener. It is very difficult for them to be open with you and talk about what is going through their mind, but it is a great way to help with their healing process, Also, many people want to take care of their loved ones and put their health to the wayside. Make sure that you are taking care of your own health along with their health. Being at your best physically and mentally can be so beneficial for the long haul through treatment and recovery. Moreover, do "normal" activities with your loved one. Hobbies and activities that have nothing to do with their traumatic experience is a great way for your loved one to enjoy life and help with the healing process. Lastly, never be afraid to ask for professional help, there are so many therapists and the National Center for PTSD have hotlines that can help find someone willing to help.

Some of the numbers if you or a loved one is having an emergency crisis are: EMS: 911, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (if needed in Spanish; 1-888-628-9454), and the Veterans Crisis Line: 1 800-273-8255 press 1.

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