Off-Fridays Mental Illness Blog Share, Week 4: TRIGGERED

It's PTSD Awareness Month; Don't miss your chance to add your writing to a big PTSD resource library-on bettysbattleground.com

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:

Week 1: Mothers with Mental Illnesses
Week 2: Celebrations in Mental Health
Week 3: The Art of Recovery

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

Join the #OffFridays stigma-crushing community, every other Friday on bettysbattleground.com

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:

Off-Fridays THE New Mental Illness Blogger's Link-Up Party RULES on BETTYSBATTLEGROUND.COM

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!

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Now..let’s get going on building this PTSD resource…

Click Here or the button below to get to the page where you’ll add your link. Don’t worry, it’s still Betty’s Battleground:

Click here to add your link to the PTSD, Trauma, and Triggers resource library on bettysbattleground.com

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:

Off-Fridays Mental Illness Blog Share

 

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30 thoughts on “Off-Fridays Mental Illness Blog Share, Week 4: TRIGGERED

  1. I had no idea that June is PTSD month. Like many I’ve been diagnosed myself. Luckily, I was able to get the help I need and also time really does help. I’m glad that you’re spreading awareness.

    • I actually didn’t know either but then I did haha. I’m so glad that you have healed from your trauma…active PTSD is really hard to live with. I am still learning how to cope and heal. If you have any writing about your healing process etc I’d LOVE to see it added to the library. We definitely need some links about healing <3

    • Thank you for sharing Michele. I am glad you don’t have PTSD-it is a very difficult disorder to live with. I have high hopes that this will become a wonderful resource but it only works if other people participate and sadly nobody has so far. I’m hoping it picks up before it closes! If any of your friends blog or write about their experiences, I’d love if you would share the URL so we can get some of their stuff included in the library <3

  2. I didn’t realize that it’s PTSD month! That illness has such a devastating impact on every aspect of a person’s life, proper treatment is essential. Love the resource with information as well!!

    • It really does. Every aspect. It is devastating-yes, that is the perfect word. My goal is to build an awesome resource, but that will only happen if people participate. It’s off to a slow start but I hope it happens :/ Thanks for stopping by <3

  3. This is such an important topic !! Mental illness too many times gets shrugged under the rug!! Thanks so much for sharing and bringing awareness.

    • It is a very difficult disorder to live with. And hard on those on the periphery too. If you’d ever like to write something on the blog about how to be a friend for someone with PTSD, I think that could be very, very valuable,and I would love to host it. Or if you’ve already written it, add it to the link-up!

  4. I didn’t know June is PTSD month. I don’t have friends who suffer from PTSD but I can only imagine how hard to must be to live with it everyday. You must be so storng. xx corinne

  5. Thank you for being a voice. As a “depression overcomer” myself, I know how every day is a battle and mental illness is taken so lightly by so many.

    • Erin, yes what you have said is sooo true. People do not understand or care or maybe just don’t know enough about how serious mental illess can be. <3 <3 I hope you continue to enjoy recovery from depression, but if you do have a relapse please just remember IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT. And even though we don't know each other you can definitely talk to me.

    • Uh oh…computer issues aren’t good for a blogger! My computer is about to die soon too :/ I had no idea who this was when I first saw it and then I noticed the URL. You have a different last name!

  6. A friend of mine has PTSD, and I know how difficult is to live with it for her… Information and support are never enough, must stay strong!

  7. I love all of your art and the update to your site. It’s looking quite amazing Elizabeth. You are quite a talent visually speaking as well as your beautiful writing. I have experienced depression at times, but nothing to the extent of people with long term mental health struggles. And I can only begin to imagine how difficult it is. Although I have been with people who do struggle with them. And I know they all have unique and individual triggers that make things more difficult for them. I will be thinking good thoughts for you as you go through this challenging time in court. I know it’s a huge stress and being forced to deal with someone who brings up your triggers is huge. I hope it all goes well for you.

    • Thank you David! I’m glad you like the new look! The Single Dad’s seal of approval? And thank you for your supportive words as well.

  8. With all the folks out there strugglibg with PTSD, I’d like to see this issue on national discussion platforms on a regular basis.
    We address the issue when an incident occurs and then we stop. Mental illness is an uphill, every day battle and needs more funding, more compassion and less stigma.
    Sending you calming light as the court date approaches. You are in my prayers.

    • Thank you Elizabeth. I completely agree. We need to talk about PTSD and mental illness more openly all the time.

  9. I have a friend who suffers from PTSD and a cousin too. My friend was in the army and developed it as a result of being at desert storm but, my cousin developed it as the result of childhood trauma. People often associate it with military personal but, don’t realize that it affects a lot of regular civillians too.

    • Rain, that is absolutely true. Many of the supports and public information and awareness programs focus on the military. I think there is a LOT more we could do to support our returning soldiers, but we really need a lot more awareness about PTSD from other traumas because I would venture to say that the majority of people with PTSD have it from something besides combat. Thank you for your comment <3

    • Hi Sam-this is now closed for links and I am not going to be posting it for July, but I would love to have you participate once I open it up again it August. Come back in August! The way you add a link is by entering it into the drop box, rather than leaving it in a comment. That way, it will be featured in the library, shared by other participants, and will be up for consideration as the main post to be discussed! Hope to see you join once it starts up again in August! Also if you would ever like to guest post, please e-mail me. I have yet to feature a veteran’s story and I would really like to.

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