Sadly, bad things happen to good people. On a daily basis, people around the world are involved in critical incidents that cause PTSD, stress, and other psychological conditions. Often times, people are forced to seek help to deal with their issues, whether it be from a group, a peer support specialist, or a psychologist.
As a company that offers peer support training, we here at Peer Support Central understand people’s need for support in trying times. While we often, and obviously, advocate for peer support on a semi-weekly basis here on our blog, we would like to try something a little different today. Today, we will be discussing support groups, and why they too are a necessary support structure for people who have been involved in critical incidents.
Comfort In Company
The most beneficial part for people who are involved in support groups is the comfort that they can receive in knowing that others too have experienced similar events to their own. When people experience traumatic events they can sometimes mentally isolate themselves, convincing themselves that they are the only person in the world to have had an experience like their own. Support groups can ground people, enlightening them in the fact that there are others that are going through the same thing. When people have experienced similar events, they might feel more comfortable talking to others, as it is easier for them to believe that others will understand how they feel.
Another thing that someone might stand to gain from attending support groups with like-minded individuals is self-growth and an increased self-understanding. In support groups, questions are asked. Questions like “What can you do to become better?”, “What are your current challenges and goals?”, and “Who do you want to be?” force you to look introspectively, often times leading to self-understanding.
Participating On Both Sides
Perhaps one of the largest Benefits provided to someone by participating in a support group is that they get to experience both sides of the typical support dynamic. Typically people who have been involved in traumatic experiences only receive support, but in a support group, they have the ability to flip the script and provide the support to others. In doing so, someone may potentially feel empowered in a low point in their life.
Take A Peer A Support Class With Us
At Peer Support Central we teach peer support certification courses that allow people to provide PTSD support, military stress support, and support to people that have suffered from emotional trauma. While our courses specialize in providing support to one person, becoming a certified peer support specialist can help you better learn how to organize peer support groups, as well as helping people in individual situations.
If you are interested in becoming a certified peer support specialist, we urge you to come to visit us at Peer Support central for a course in critical incident counseling, first responder training, or military training courses. Our courses are designed to produce quality peer supporters in military, first responders and corporate communities.