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Self-Care Tip of the Week

June is PTSD Awareness Month!
PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.

According to a 2015 national survey, first responders, including police officers, paramedics, emergency med techs, firefighters and emergency workers, are 10 times more likely to attempt suicide on average than other people.

Veterans, first responders and others face traumatic events every day as part of their profession. This can include traffic or physical accidents, physical or sexual assault, mugging, robbery or family violence; mass traumatic events, severe weather events, and witnessing terrible things. Experiencing a traumatic event can impact people in different ways. One person may perceive an event as deeply traumatic, while another person does not. This is why it’s critical we all know and understand the signs and symptoms of PTSD and know what to do if someone around us is struggling.
If a person is experiencing the following symptoms 4+ weeks after a trauma, encourage professional help.

  1. Are still very upset or fearful.
  2. Seem unable to escape intense, ongoing feelings of distress.
  3. Withdraw from family or friends and/or important relationships are suffering.
  4. Feel jumpy or have trauma-related nightmares.
  5. Can’t stop thinking about the trauma.
  6. Are unable to enjoy life at all.
  7. Have post-traumatic symptoms that are interfering with usual activities.

Well In Mind is here for you. Call 815-933-2240 to schedule an appointment
or to ask about your EAP benefits.

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Well In Mind Self-Care Tip of the Week

5 Questions to check in about where your mental health is at:
1: How quickly am I able to bounce back from difficult situations?

2: How quickly do I become frustrated, angry, or overwhelmed when things don’t go according to plan?

3: How often am I able to experience a sense of joy, peace, or contentment?

4: How often Am I feeling sad, anxious, or unfulfilled?

5: What am I intentionally doing each day and week to improve my mental health?

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Sailor Rounds for Mental Health Awareness Month

Sailor, our Well In Mind Animal Ambassador, is working over-time this month to boost employee mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and he wants to wish our staff well! He kicked off the month with visiting Pathways and Psych Associates earlier this week. Stay tuned next week as there are plenty more pictures to come 🙂

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