“Support” is typically thought of or talked about in a seemingly nonchalant way as if it’s not an important thing, but it is. A support in the physical sense is an object that takes some or all of the weight in a given situation. For example, if a bridge begins to collapse because one structure has failed, there are multiple other supports in place to ensure that the bridge remains standing. Just like a bridge, people need support too.  Everyday people with emotional and physical trauma need support, but often support comes hard to find. Because of this, it is important that individuals build support systems for themselves, while also being an active part of other people’s support systems.

In today’s blog post we will be talking about support systems, why they are so important, and how to build a support system for yourself or someone else.

Inclusive communities

Part of building a support system is living in or trying to facilitate an inclusive community. Inclusive communities are not necessarily as large as an actual community, the term can also be applied to a large group of people or friends. Basically, an inclusive community is a community that does everything to respect the people that are a part of it. Inclusive communities also work towards eliminating all forms of discrimination. The reason that being a part of an inclusive community is necessary is because the first step to building a support network is finding a community that you can benefit from as well as contribute to.

As a first responder or military veteran, you understand the meaning of an inclusive close-knit community from your experience working together to be a betterment of your communities. You might have, or currently, know someone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from your close-knit community that has not benefited from therapy simply because the therapist cannot relate to them. When your community member comes to you or others in the community because you can relate to them when their therapist can’t is a classic example of a support system at work.

Steps To Building A Support Group

  1. Find Your Community- Finding a community of like-minded individuals that have experienced similar things to you is a good way of establishing relationships of mutual support.
  2. Be Ready To Connect- Part of finding a good support network is being able to share your life with your support group so that they may know how to help when it’s required.
  3. Know Your Goals- Know your goals in life and be ready to share them with those that ask.
  4. List Your Available Resources-  Make a list of all the resources that are available to you that will help you reach your goal.
  5. List The Resources That You Want Access To- Make a list of the resources that you don’t have access to, but believe would help you in achieving your goals.
  6. Reach Out-  Never be afraid to reach out to others for support, whether that be someone within your support group or someone outside of it.
  7. Call Us At Peer Support Central- Now that you have built your support group, call us at Peer Support Central and earn your peer support certificate so that you may be able to help your peers.

Peer Support Central

At Peer Support Central we offer various peer support training and development courses that will teach you the best peer support practices through an interactive discussion of some of the newer concepts, specific case studies, and practical exercises. Our instructors are equipped with extensive knowledge and experience in the industries of peer support training, military training, corporate training and first responder training and will educate you so that you may someday be able to educate others. If you are looking for the opportunity to learn new practices of peer support while getting your peer support certification register today! And if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at Peer Support Central.

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