Family Tips


Be patient. Getting better takes time, even when a person is committed to treatment for PTSD. Be patient with the pace of recovery. It’s a process that takes time and often involves setbacks. The important thing is to stay positive and keep at it.

Educate yourself about PTSD. The more you know about the symptoms, effects, and treatment options, the better equipped you’ll be to help your loved one, understand what he or she is going through, and keep things in perspective.

Don’t pressure your loved one into talking. It can be very difficult for people with PTSD to talk about their traumatic experiences. For some, it can even make things worse. Instead of trying to force it, just let them know you’re willing to listen when they’re ready.

Take care of your emotional and physical health. As the saying goes, put on your own oxygen mask first. You won’t be any good to your loved one if you are burned out, sick, or exhausted.

Accept (and expect) mixed feelings. As you go through the emotional wringer, be prepared for a complicated mix of feelings—some of which you’ll never want to admit. Just remember, having negative feelings toward your family member doesn’t mean you don’t love them.


Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation Family Support
When someone you care about suffers from post-traumatic stress or the disorder it affects you too. The symptoms of PTS(D) aren't easy to live with, and the changes in your loved one can be downright terrifying. You worry that things won't ever go back to the way they were before. At the same time, you may feel angry about what's happening to your family, and hurt by your loved one's distance and moodiness.
It's a stressful situation all around one that can leave you feeling overwhelmed, even as you try your best to stay strong. The most important thing to know is that you aren't helpless. Your support can make a huge difference in your partner, friend, or family member's recovery. But as you do your best to care for someone with PTSD, you also need to take care of yourself.
It is important to know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE in this journey of "new normal"
We are working diligently to develop and implement a support group where spouses and partners of our Emergency Service Professionals have a place to connect with eachother and discuss what they are experiencing, ask questions and raise concerns. There has been an official private Facebook group that has been created and if you wish to be added to this group please message
To view the CCISF website see

PTSD Signs and Symptoms by Mayo Clinic Staff


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