As we're about to wrap up June, we come upon National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Day. This is one of the most important days of June. It is a day when we are supposed to support those with a potentially deadly mental affliction. Supporting those affected by PTSD is of the utmost importance, at times it is a constant fight against oneself. It's a struggle that is not easy to win, so you shouldn't have to fight it alone.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is triggered by exposure to a terrifying event. This event is usually so stress-inducing, that it completely warps and changes parts of the brain. The warping of the brain causes it to act, and think differently. It affects the decisions made by the person impacted with PTSD.
This is an almond-shaped 1-inch section of the brain, it is commonly known as the fire alarm of the brain. This is the section of the brain that is in charge of your fight, flight, or freeze response to dangerous situations. This section of the brain when suffering from PTSD no longer acts normally. It can turn on whenever it shouldn't as well as there are times when it will not turn off. Some people live the rest of their lives on edge under constant and immense amounts of stress due to PTSD.
This is the learning center of the brain. after suffering a traumatic event and becoming afflicted with PTSD this section of the brain will shrink and become less active. This results in issues in memory, problem-solving, trouble distinguishing past from present, being in a state of hypervigilance, and extreme emotional reactivity.
This is the front part of the brain that is responsible for your main rational decision-making. When suffering from trauma this part of the brain becomes less active. This makes it very difficult for people to control their fear response. Especially when coupled with an overactive Amygdala, a less active prefrontal cortex can leave someone in a never-ending state of fear.
Now that we understand a little more about what's going on inside of someone's brain who has PTSD. We can use this to help us understand how to help people struggling with it. Whenever someone is suffering from PTSD and they have limited rational decision-making, possible flashbacks, and are very afraid even if there is no threat.
The best thing you can do is approach slowly, with no sudden movements, and try to listen more than you speak. The goal is to comfort them in whatever way works best for them. Some may want to be held, which you should always ask before touching someone in this state. Some may not want to be touched and just want someone to listen. Others don't want to talk or touch but may simply just want you there to have your presence.
We at Bio-One Scottsdale understand the stress that those with PTSD experience. The owner, Richard Weinblatt was in Law Enforcement for decades. Richard served as a deputy sheriff on the Mexican border, as well as Police captain in Indiana, and Chief of police in North Carolina. Due to his background, Richard has a truly vast amount of experience in helping those in a state of crisis.
Richard has passed on this experience to the team of Bio-One Scottsdale. This allows its technicians to help those in a state of crisis as well. We don't just do the work that you call us for, we are there for you. We truly care about our customers and are prepared to support them. We're not scared of being a shoulder to cry on. In the end, for us at Bio-One Scottsdale, it is always help first business second.
If you have any questions, you can reach out to us at any time. We are always here to help.
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Bio-One Flagstaff recently partnered with an amazing non profit called Changed By Nature Outdoors.
It is national, and they do adventures all over the US. They take vets, wounded warriors, first responders, etc on outdoor adventures to try and help them find an outlet to be able to refocus and help with PTSD. They have saved lives this year that would have been lost to suicide but were not because of the program.
July 11th was National Cheer Up The Lonely Day.
Did you do you anything to make someone happy yesterday? If not, find a friend and tell them you appreciate them or give a stranger a compliment. We believe in taking care of others even if this means a simple act of kindness.
June is National PTSD Awareness month.
We would like to take this time to thank everyone serving our country, both past and present. Thank you for keeping us safe. We appreciate everything you do for us.
We would also like to acknowledge all the other people suffering from PTSD due to varying circumstances. You are strong and not alone.
PTSD Awareness Day is observed every year on June 27th
April 7–13 is National Victim's Rights Week!
Bio-One has the opportunity to help people after an unfortunate event, but we understand the pain of survivors is a long and ongoing process. We operate by the motto: help first, business second and we believe a community support system is such a great way to help those around you.
If you know someone needing support, offer them an ear or help point them in the direction of professoinal help if necessary.
Below are some Victim's Support resources:
Today, January 9th, law enforcement associations across America are celebrating National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
Women and men who make the decision to put on a uniform and serve and protect our communities deserve our gratitude and respect for their service. All of us show our appreciation and support of law enforcement throughout the year, and we hope you take extra time today to thank a police officer, send a note of support, etc.
Thank you to all the prior Bio-One officers and all the law enforcement out there keeping our neighborhoods safe. We appreciate you!
This is a great opportunity to meet and interact with your local law enforcement. If you know someone in law enforcement, great! If you don't, also great! You might hear some interesting stories and get the chance to say thank you.
Events are held across the United States. Check out the national link below along with local Facebook pages, websites, etc.
September 15th is National Thank a Police Officer Day.
Many people do their jobs in silence, not looking for anything in return. Our police enforcement are out there everyday protecting us and risking their own lives for us. This is the perfect opportunity to find a police officer and tell them thank you for all they do for your community.
Thank you from Bio-One. We appreciate all you do.
June is National Safety Month. This can mean a lot of different things but the type of safety we want to talk about is your personal safety from acts of violence.
T I P S
1. Make eye contact with people that concern you. Sometimes all an attacker is looking for is an easy target and they aren't interested in people that will put up a fight. They now know you've seen their face.
2. Don't be afraid to say no to politeness. If you feel uneasy about someone who stepped into the elevator, just step off. You don't have to stay on just to avoid an awkward situation.
3. Avoid parking next to vans or large vehicles that can quickly grab you as you're trying to get into your car.
4. Don't sit in your car, especially at night. Always park and get to where you are going. The longer you wait in your car, the more of a target you are.
5. Be aware of scams. If you see someone needing help on the side of the road, call 9-1-1 and keep driving. If you get pulled over alone, you are allowed to call the police and very that the person who pulled you over is a valid police officer.
6. Practice being aware. Know who is walking behind you. If you're walking alone at night, take out your headphones and get off the phone. These are all described as distracted behavior that attackers look for.
7. Escape is always the best option. Even if this means you may get hurt in the process, don't be afraid to scream, fight, and do what it takes to get away. Never let anyone take you anywhere without a fight.
A little self awareness can go a long way! The more you understand about how people are targeted, the better you can make safe decisions that will become second nature to you.