1. 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

  2. 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 c…Read More

  3. Let’s Talk About Mental Health and Veterans

    This last weekend was Memorial Day, and as we remember the brave men and women who lost their lives protecting our freedom, it is important to also remember our brothers and sisters who have returned home. According to RAND Center For Military Health Policy Research, 1.64 million U.S. troops have deployed to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan since October 2001. Of those who have returned home, 31% have reported having a mental health condition, PTSD, a traumatic…Read More

  4. Critical Incident Stress Management In Light Of Recent Events

    On Monday, May 22, deadly explosions wracked through Manchester Arena in England at an Ariana Grande concert - a concert whose main attendees were young girls, teenagers, and their families. Over twenty people were confirmed dead, and dozens more were injured. During this horrific experience, first responders worked tirelessly to help those who were wounded - some critically. We always say that traumatic situations are part of a first responder’s job - but this event …Read More

  5. Can A Dog Help With My PTSD?

    Dogs have long been known to be man’s best friend. And we’re sure if dogs could speak, they wouldn’t hesitate to reciprocate the feeling. Dogs have all kinds of benefits that they provide to their owners, including unconditional love and affection, a listening ear, a purpose and responsibility, encouragement to their owners to be outside and active for playtime and walks, the list goes on. Dogs can also help people overcome mental health issues, and provide emotio…Read More

  6. Parenting With PTSD

      The only job that might be harder than being a first responder is being a parent. First responders spend their days and nights caring for and protecting strangers, only to go home and care for and protect their children. If a first responder is living with PTSD, parenting can become a new challenge entirely. It is important to understand exactly how a parent’s PTSD can affect a child. Symptoms Of PTSD And How Children Might React Children, especially young child…Read More

  7. How Interior Design Can Help Those With PTSD

    If you’ve been following along with our blog for awhile, you’ve likely noticed that we believe that PTSD support can come from a variety of sources. In our last blog, we discussed how exercise helps PTSD sufferers and we’ve also gone into detail before about why first responders often prefer peer support over traditional counseling. In today’s blog, we’ll take a look at how the right interior design can help people who are suffering from post traumatic stress …Read More

  8. How Exercise Helps PTSD Sufferers

    Exercise is a great way to take care of your body, get your heart rate up, and help to reduce the risk of many different diseases. Unfortunately for many PTSD sufferers, exercise gets pushed to the back burner because it often takes too much effort and willpower, two things that are usually in short supply for those with the disorder. In this blog, we’ll discuss a few reasons why exercise is difficult for PTSD sufferers, the benefits of an exercise routine, and how to …Read More

  9. The Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy

    When you’re asking for someone’s understanding and compassion for a situation or experience that is affecting you or your life, you typically ask someone for his or her sympathy. But sometimes, you also might hear someone ask you to empathize with him or her about an issue. Have you ever wondered what the difference between the two may be? In this blog, we’ll discuss the difference between empathy and sympathy and when is the best time to utilize both coping and co…Read More

  10. Critical Incident Stress Training Strangely Absent Among First Responders

    When the unthinkable happens in your life, what do you do? If there’s a fire at your office, a burglar in your house, or your spouse falls down a flight of stairs and breaks their leg, who do you call? If you’re like most people in America, your first instinct is to pick up your phone, dial 9-1-1 and ask the dispatched to send you a first responder. First responders can be firefighters, police or sheriff’s officers, and emergency medical technicians. And each one …Read More