HOW YOU CAN HELP

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Source: be­yond­blue.org.au

BE­YOND­BLUE has in­for­ma­tion avail­able to those help­ing some­one re­cover from PTSD. As a fam­ily mem­ber, carer or friend, you should be in­volved, wher­ever pos­si­ble, in the as­sess­ment and treat­ment of the per­son with PTSD. PTSD of­ten im­pacts on the whole fam­ily and it is im­por­tant that needs and per­spec­tive are taken into ac­count through­out treat­ment. If you are find­ing the sit­u­a­tion very dis­tress­ing, you may seek treat­ment for these is­sues in your own right. It can be very dif­fi­cult to watch some­one you care about strug­gle with the dis­tress caused by a trau­matic event. There are many ways you can help: Lis­ten and show that you care. En­cour­age your fam­ily mem­ber to share their thoughts and feel­ings about what is hap­pen­ing to them. Re­mem­ber that pro­vid­ing sup­port doesn't have to be com­pli­cated. Some peo­ple find it help­ful to have time to them­selves af­ter a trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence. En­cour­age your fam­ily mem­ber to seek help and stay fo­cused on re­cov­ery. Look af­ter your­self. This may be the most im­por­tant thing you can do to help your fam­ily mem­ber. It is cru­cial that you take time out and reach out to friends and other sup­port­ive peo­ple in your com­mu­nity

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