Show 170 Living in Traumatic Stress Times

I tried not to do this episode. But I want to help. I want to stand with those of us that do mental health outreach and advocacy to say that we know you are going through it and we can see and feel your pain.

So I thought about it. Hard.

And I'm going to keep it simple. In the podcast I'm going to share what Traumatic stress is and a few coping skills and resources for people that know somebody that is in a world of hurt. You might not want to listen now and that is ok.

Just a few reminders for all of us;
  1. Take care of yourself and your loved ones.
  2. Keep working on that breathing practice; especially if you want to cuss out the idiot spewing hate and is proud of it. 
  3. You might want to avoid social media for a few more days. 
  4. This one is hard but try to dial back on the sweets and the booze. Hug up on the veggies and natural fruit.

If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.

Resources Mentioned: 

The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies has a definition of traumatic stress:

"Traumatic events are shocking and emotionally overwhelming situations that may involve actual or threaten death, serious injury, or threat to physical integrity. "

The organization has short pamphlets on their public resource page that might help a person understand what is going on and how regain stability.

The American Psychological Association has a page about how to Recover Emotionally from a Disaster. has a Emotional Support for Survivors resource page for those that have are are experiencing gun violence and they also have a resource for building a self-care plan.

Verywell Mind: Coping With PTSD Symptoms Following a Shooting

The music this week is Meltwater from Purple Planet Music


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