Family Members Page

Our FB page PTSDSpousalSupport
This open FB page is developed to be a practical guide to help you understand and connect with your partner after trauma and be a inspirational support page.

Family Support Groups

First Responder Family Resiliency Support Group Ottawa, ON

offers confidential support to spouses, partners &caregivers of first responders living with OSI or PTSD.

Meetings are twice a month on Wednesdays at 7pm



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.

Check out our library for books

Website Links


Understanding the impact of PTSD on family & relationships

ChildrenofLawEnforcement  children of the badge the impact of stress on law enforcement children

PTSD&Family  Social support is vital to recovery

PTSD&Familytips on rebuilding trust & safety



DealingwithVolatility & anger

SelfCare – why someone might be relunctant to seek support

Morehelplinks for PTSD in the family



Waystosupport loved one with mental illness

10tipsforunderstanding someone with PTSD

16waystohelp a friend with PTSD

Treatment for Veterans with PTSD

NineEssential qualitites of mindfulness

The relationship between PTSD&Migraines

PTSDhowto identify a traumatic incident

Careaboutaveteran with PTSD? Here is how to help.

PTSDinChildren exposed to intimate partner violence

LearnfromVeterans facing PTSD everyday

WhyIdidn’task for help right away

HowPTSDaffects those you love

Whatfinallygotme into treatment


HowtoOvercome PTSD and move on in your life

HowtoExplainPTSD to someone that doesn’t get it

Policeofficersuicide how to cope and how to heal

SuicidePolicewife breaks the silence

TheNeuroscienceofFear responses and PTSD

MeditationreducesPTSD symptoms

ServiceDogsgivemore than medicine to PTSD Veterans

Selfhelpstrategies for PTSD


SafeCallNow is it PTSD or not?

WhatisPostTraumatic Stress Disorder

HowtoHelpTreating Trauma

SixstepstoDeveloping a safety plan for PTSD symptoms

TreatingHyperarousal symptoms

PTSDinTeens induces metabolic changes in the brain

AccidentWebsite prevents kids PTSD

HowTerror hijacks the brain

11Things people with PTSD want you to know

ALookatHow PTSD affects Police Officers

Treatmentsfor PTSD outside the traditional toolbox

21TipstoKeep  your shit together when depressed

Youtube Links




FamilyLife living with PTSD