By Samantha Smith – Armor Up West Virginia
PTSD is no stranger in my house. My husband and I both have different degrees of it. The decision for my husband to go to an out of state treatment center was a very abrupt decision. It wasn’t anything we had discussed, but we knew he was going to need help.
The waves of emotions began to take over. We had very little time to prepare for my husband to be gone. The idea of not knowing how long he would be gone for was terrifying. The few days leading up to his send off were some of the most difficult days. I kept telling myself to keep a positive attitude, don’t let him see the worry or fear on my face. I knew if he had the smallest hint of doubt about me not being able to handle everything, he would cancel and not go.
It took a lot of reassurance on my part to let him know we (myself and our daughter) would be ok. Looking back, I think I was also trying to convince myself too. My anxiety was through the roof. I was secretly crying.
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By Safe Call Now Admin Staff – “Please Share”
After being at this work for a very long time, I have seen some very nasty, unprofessional, and bullying tactics happening behind the scenes. This includes being personally harassed and spoken ill of. It is disheartened and sad to say the least. Why? Because the supporters of these organizations have no idea who these “so-called” leaders are and what their true goal is.
I am asking – “what should we demand from leaders and their organizations who are putting information out there”? When did we as a society decide it was okay to just believe anything we see, hear, or read?
If I told you there were 300 law enforcement suicides this year to-date, would you just believe me?
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By Vanessa Stapleton – President- Armor Up West Virginia
We live in a time where EVERYONE has an opinion. Opinions are not always backed with education and research. When dealing with PTSD, people want to tell you what they would do or even what you should do. More often than not, those “opinions” are based on no research, no experience, and no education on the topic. Most are just casual comments that people say without thinking of the damage they are doing to another human with their words. The truth is that someone who has never lived in the hell of PTSD has no idea what they “would do” in that situation.
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