Since 1980 when Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was officially recognized medically as a condition of major significance and appeared as an operational diagnosis, the concept and long-reaching tentacles of PTSD have continued to evolve. As awareness and acceptance of the realities of this condition subsist, experts are working to find healthier ways to cope with and heal from exposures to significant trauma.
Those incarcerated in prisons and jails are regularly exposed to violence, sexual violence, isolation, and lack of sleep. Incarcerated males have Post Traumatic Stress rates much higher than the general population, often with rates comparable to those displayed by combat war veterans. Incarcerated women’s rates are even higher with up to 61% suffering, compared to 8- 10% of the average American woman typically affected due to traumas experienced by sexual assault or domestic violence. Prison employees as well have a Post Traumatic Stress rate equivalent to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and higher than police officers, suggesting the importance of providing both sides involved in criminal detention with programs that promote resilience to stress and incorporate protective factors around the risks they face.
At Serving USA, we recognize the significance of faith and community in overcoming obstacles and breaking through barriers like Post Traumatic Stress which when faced alone may feel impassable. We proudly partner with REBOOT Recovery, innovators in their approach as the nation’s largest faith-based response to trauma and suicide. Using clinical insight, they have designed in-person and online 12-week long courses, which are peer-led and outcome-driven. These courses and their online community aid those from all walks of life, guiding them to work through their stresses and embrace a brighter future.
With Post Traumatic Stress and mental health challenges, we also are seeing countless lives changed and saved, thanks to the commitment of the Mighty Oaks Foundation whose national peer-based discipleship programs reach out to active military, veterans, first responders and their spouses. Mighty Oaks equips its participants with tools to identify and draw from including resiliency, teaching the power of testimony, and fostering the spirit of brotherhood to help them fight through and conquer their own personal challenges.
Post Traumatic Growth (PTG) is transformation following trauma and is indeed possible for those who have experienced terrible events. They can go on to have a renewed appreciation for life, more personal strength, greater awareness, and increased compassion for those around them. For more information visit: REBOOT Recovery https://rebootrecovery.com
Mighty Oaks Foundation https://www.mightyoaksprograms.org
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Source: Science Daily