Happy Friday! Not just any Friday, but OFF-FRIDAYS 4. June is PTSD Awareness Month so this week is themed to honor the experiences of trauma survivors and the people who know and love them. The title is “TRIGGERED” and the theme is PTSD, trauma, and triggers. If you’re a trauma blogger in any capacity, do not miss your chance to get your story into this link library. My blog’s mission is to end ALL mental illness stigma, but the main focus here is PTSD, so naturally, I want the Off-Fridays PTSD resource page to be biggest and best yet. It’s only as big as YOU make it, so please be sure to take a few moments this week to add your link and make this resource awesomely various!
If you want to see how the previous weeks’ libraries are looking, here they are:
Speaking of PTSD, trauma, and triggers, I have recently been dealing with a lot of triggers related to the abuse that caused my PTSD. If you follow this blog you know that for the past year I have been engaged in a custody battle with my abuser. Well, it is all coming to a head at the very end of PTSD Awareness Month..next week my abuser and I will be duking it out before a judge. By the time this linky closes for new submissions, my son’s fate will have been decided and our abuser will either be barred from our lives, or given an open door back in. Needless to say, I’m stressed. All I can do is ask for support, and right now, the way that request is manifesting is to ask that, if you write about trauma, to please include a link this week. That may sound odd to you, but Off-Fridays is my special project, and it really means a lot to me. I think all of us with mental health issues have those little oddities that don’t make sense to other people, but which totally make us feel better. Off-Fridays is mine. Getting your participation in this won’t help with my case or change it’s outcome, but it will brighten my outlook a bit and give a little boost my self-esteem…and right now, I can use all the positivevibeboostenergyselfesstemeverything I can get. Could you do me that favor, please, if it’s not too much trouble (which it’s not! It’s fun even, I swear!)?
Let’s work together to build Week 4: TRIGGERED
It is estimated that about 8 million people in the US alone live with PTSD. And that only accounts for those with diagnoses. As we learned in Part 1 of the two-part PTSD Awareness Series by Genelle Chaconas, not everyone with a trauma history receives a diagnosis or treatment, even if they meet the criteria. Not all people respond to conventional treatment models, and a category symptom of PTSD is resistance to treatment. Given that many people with PTSD go unrepresented by statistics, it is important that we listen to the stories of trauma survivors, whether or not they are diagnosed.
Have you experienced trauma? Do you know what it means, truly, to be triggered? Have you been affected by someone who has PTSD; do you care for a child with a trauma background? Have you written your say in the great trigger warning debate? What is your experience of trauma? This is the place to share your true stories, fictional trauma narratives, trigger warning debates, grounding technique how-tos, PTSD diagnostic criteria, open letters to loved ones who experienced trauma, and anything else that relates to PTSD, trauma, and triggers. Let’s show the world the big, complex, eclectic truths of trauma and its effects on individuals, families, communities, society, and the world.
There’s a button that will take you to the page where you can add your link, but first, please take a moment to read though these simple rules. Off-Fridays is a great networking and communal advertising opportunity, but it only works if everyone participates in full:
If you have questions about the rules, check out the rules page. The one thing I want to note here is that you have until the Thursday before the next Off-Fridays opens to reciprocate comments/shares of other posts. That means you have all the way until JULY 6th to engage with just three posts minimum. So guys-no excuses this week! Let’s have an awesome blog share. Drop your link early so all of us get to engage with it!
I recommend subscribing to the e-mail updates because that way you get access to the awesome monthly newsletter I put out. You can do that by entering your info right here:
Now..let’s get going on building this PTSD resource…
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m making some super snazzy redesigns for Off-Fridays, but they haven’t reached the button yet, so here it is if you’d like to show THE Mental Illness Blog Share some love and help catch other mental illness/mental health bloggers’ attention! Whether you’re joining this week or not, shares are greatly appreciated. Here are some opportunities to do just that:
June is #PTSDAwarenessMonth-Help by adding your #PTSD post to #OffFridays Mental Illness Blog Share:
Pin Week 4!