If you have PTSD, no matter what caused it, it helps to know the differnt things that have helped others. What may work for someone you know, may not work for you. The only thing to take from that is, if it helped them, there is always something out there that can help you too!
Mental health therapy is for everyone. Some people need medication. Others don’t. Some need different medications, so there are so many different ones.
Everyone also needs to take care of their “other parts” and yet again, there are many different things for you. Yoga, martial arts, walking, running, hiking, swimming, art, music, and yes, even photography. For me, it is writing.
I found this article from the BBC inspiring. I hope you do too.
PTSD: Photography helps police officer manage conditionBBC
By Helen Burchell
November 28, 2022
Photography and filming became “like a lifeline.”
On Christmas Day 2017, a traffic police officer’s life began slowly to unravel after he was injured during a pursuit. Two years later he underwent surgery and was told he could no longer do the job he loved. His mental health took a nosedive but he found solace in his long-time hobby – photography.
“As a traffic officer I saw things no-one should see,” Det Sgt Colin Shead says.
“Now I see things I want everyone to see.”
Here, he speaks candidly about his mental health, and shares some of the images that have helped him cope.
The 51-year-old officer has clocked up more than 30 years on the force, joining Essex Police’s roads policing unit (RPU) in 2010.
“I’d always wanted to do traffic work, because I wanted to protect people from harm on the roads,” he says. “When you start, there’s the great thrill and excitement of flying around all over the place – then you get the serious side – and the fatalities.
“You’re the first at the scene when someone’s been killed – you see that first-hand and it takes its toll.”
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