Do’s & Don’t of Supporting Someone with PTSD
Be a friend and a true support. Part of the stigma of PTSD is that because you cannot see it, it’s not real. Stigma means people struggle coming forward, seeking help which ultimately means a delay or no help in terms of receiving treatment, it is causing people to suffer in silence… here are our Do’s & Don’t of Supporting Someone with PTSD.
- Offer unsolicited advice
- Say you’ll get over it, or it’s “just” the past
- Stop someone from talking about their fears or feelings
- Tell them they are lucky; it could be worse
- Invalidate, minimise, or deny someone’s traumatic experiences
- Tell someone everything happens for a reason…
- Make someone feel weak
- Ask how they are doing – take the initiative – send a text, email or give them a buzz.
- Provide support; be a friend, let them know you care
- Make sure they know you are there for them IF they want to talk
- Be a good listener
- Be patient, a safe haven & trustworthy.
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