Veteran trauma at Deer Hollow in Utah

Veteran Trauma: 6 Ways to Offer Your Genuine Support

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Many veterans experience psychological wounds during and after military service. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, and other mental health problems can make it difficult to share a happy and fulfilling life with family and friends. Loved ones who make an effort to understand trauma can provide more empathetic and effective support to the veterans in their lives, creating a nurturing environment that promotes healing and resilience.

Supporting a Loved One Through Their Trauma

When someone you care about suffers from trauma, it can be overwhelming. Fortunately, friends and family of veterans experiencing trauma can help in significant ways

  1. Encourage open communication. Create a safe and non-judgmental environment where veterans can openly discuss their experiences and feelings. Let the veteran determine what they’re comfortable talking about. Listening and validating their emotions can help them feel understood and less isolated.
  2. Early intervention. Help the veteran seek out a mental health professional specializing in trauma and PTSD. Early intervention with therapy and counseling can be crucial in the recovery process.
  3. Promote peer support groups. Encourage participation in support groups made up of veterans with similar experiences. Sharing stories and coping strategies can provide comfort and a sense of community.
  4. Educate yourself on veteran trauma. A lack of understanding of what trauma is can be a major roadblock to a veteran’s treatment and rehabilitation. Research and study resources that help you understand trauma and how to offer support. Share information with family and friends to expand the veteran’s support system.
  5. Facilitate access to trauma resources. Assist veterans in accessing resources such as healthcare, housing, and employment opportunities, which can reduce stress and improve their overall well-being. The VA can be a good place to start
  6. Support self-care choices. Support veterans in finding healthy ways to socialize and collaborate. Encourage them to adopt healthy habits like regular exercise, balanced nutrition, and adequate sleep, which can positively impact mental health and resilience.

Learn More About Veteran Trauma and How You Can Help

The effects of trauma can be challenging and can negatively impact a veteran’s entire quality of life. Deer Hollow offers innovative, evidence-based trauma treatments that facilitate a deep understanding of and healing from trauma. We treat trauma at its core, helping veterans more fully recover, heal, and live fulfilling lives.

To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact us online today or call (888) 593-5669.