1. Peer Support Benefits First Responders

    First responders, from police officers to firefighters to EMTs, experience high-stress situations every day. First responders put their lives on the line to save others, and are one of the most respected professions in America, especially in times of crisis. First responders don’t only put their physical lives in jeopardy when they start their shift, they also put their mental wellness on the front lines with them. Studies have shown that first responders are at a high…Read More

  2. How PTSD Support Has Changed Since WWI

    World War I was the first “modern war” that soldiers experienced with explosives, mass warfare, and hands-off combat. This was very different from previous wars, and within six months of the start of war, the term “shell shock” had already become popularized among soldiers and in the media. Thousands upon thousands of soldiers ended up in medical wards with hearing and vision loss, tremors, confusion, and fatigue, with no physical wounds. One British medical repo…Read More

  3. How To Recognize A Veteran In Crisis – And What To Do About It

    Whether you are a veteran yourself, or a spouse, sibling, parent, child, or friend of a veteran, being able to recognize when you or your loved one is in crisis is vital. Friends and family often notice that a veteran may need help before even the veteran does, and making sure that you know what to do is important to the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved. One of the most important aspects to helping a veteran in crisis is being able to recognize warning signs and…Read More

  4. How To Better Understand A Loved One With PTSD

    When a loved one, whether a parent, child, friend, spouse, or family member, experiences PTSD, it can be hard to truly understand what is happening to them. PTSD can result in drastic personality and behavior changes, and can affect your relationship with that person. At Peer Support Central, we offer training and peer support counseling for those with PTSD and their families to help cope with symptoms. Today, we wanted to share some tips for those who are trying to bett…Read More

  5. How Executive Coaching Can Enhance Your Leadership Skills

    If you are an executive, then you most likely were promoted from another position to your current one. Unless you start your own business, many executives work their way up the corporate ladder to the highest position. Even if you performed excellently in your previous post, being an executive is an entirely different ball game, so to speak. Being an executive requires certain leadership skills and abilities that other positions do not require, and it takes time and trai…Read More

  6. The Importance Of CISM Training And Conflict Resolution In A Corporate Setting

    On most of our Peer Support Central blogs, we talk a lot about critical incident stress management (CISM) training for first responders and military personnel. In general, these are the types of careers that witness or experience traumatic incidents most often. However, one aspect that we talk too little about is the importance of CISM training for executives and managers of corporations and businesses. The fact of the matter is that disasters and emergencies can occur a…Read More

  7. Why Do Some People Develop PTSD?

    It is estimated that over 70 percent of adults in the United States have experienced some sort of traumatic event in their lifetime. Of those people, around 20 percent will eventually develop PTSD, and the women in that group are twice as likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder than the men are. What Causes Someone To Develop PTSD? Any sort of traumatic, terrifying, or violent event that someone has witnessed, experienced, or heard about can cause someone to dev…Read More

  8. Who Can Benefit From Peer Support?

    At Peer Support Central, we specialize in providing peer support and critical incident stress management (CISM) training for first responders and service members, as well as for corporate leaders. Peer support works by having trained professionals use their life experience to help others recover from and cope with traumatic events, addictions, mental health issues, and more. Does Peer Support Work? Studies have shown that peer support can improve self-reported health sta…Read More

  9. What To Expect When A Service Member Returns From War

      At Peer Support Central, we talk a lot about how veterans and peer support specialists can help military members deal with critical stress management and PTSD - but we don’t often talk about what military spouses can do to help a soldier returning home from war. Currently, there are about 200,000 U.S. troops deployed in foreign countries, and many family members are anxiously awaiting their return. Being prepared for what to expect when your soldier returns can …Read More

  10. Busting Four Misconceptions About PTSD for PTSD Awareness Month

    The National Center For PTSD has designated June as PTSD Awareness Month, and specifically June 27 as National PTSD Awareness Day. The United States Senate designated this day to bring greater awareness to the issue of post-traumatic stress disorder that affects millions of Americans daily. In honor of PTSD Awareness Month, we at Peer Support Central decided to tackle some common misconceptions about PTSD. Misconception #1: PTSD only affects veterans. Truth: PTSD does co…Read More