Scott, former police officer and veteran, discusses his journey with PTSD. He shares how he was able to identify there were so problems and what it took him to change the direction of his life. Scott’s story really resonated with me and I hope him sharing how he improved his life helps you. I really enjoyed the bit of tough love he got from his veteran friends. I know if I didn’t have some badass friends in my life, I would have justified being lazy, not working out, never training Jiu Jitsu and just leaning into being depressed, aggressive and a less version of myself.
Their mission Statement:
“Hidden Battles is a non-profit organization that strives to help preserve the healthy minds of Military / Veterans, Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Dispatch, and Nursing through treatment and counseling for depression, suicidal tendencies, and PTSD.”
Our defenders are absorbing the horrors of their occupations. They struggle with the hidden battles fought in their minds on a daily basis. Whether it is the horrors of war, personal injury or a fatal car crash, the effects are everlasting. Over the course of their careers, the stress piles up to sometimes a fatal level.
Our returning soldiers, fire fighters, police officers and other first responders need an outlet.
Whether it is a peer group, a service dog or team building therapy we need to provide them with the programs and services to protect them from internal harm.
Resources to help:
Educate yourself on signs and symptoms of mental health issues
Peer Support Unit
Exercise (Rucking, running, just get outside)
Accountability in support groups
Couples cooking class
Therapy (EFT and EMDR)
Service dogs (https://operationdeltadog.org)
Please share and like on IG, FB, Youtube and Twitter. I am always looking for veterans or first responders who have battled PTSD. Additionally if you support, provide services for these groups, or have extensive knowledge of benefits available for these groups please reach out. I would love to have a chat and share that knowledge with the community.