In this film, Gill tells us what to do if someone has PTSD. She stresses that it is normal to be upset after an event, and that we need time to process what has happened. PTSD happens when this processing gets blocked because what happened is too upsetting or we can’t understand it. She recommends not being frightened of being emotional and to make time to talk and think about things. For someone unable to do this, then treatment might be needed. She outlines the very effective ways of treating PTSD. Your GP can refer you or the person suffering from PTSD to mental health services. In Scotland, each health board has people trained in supporting people work through their disorder. There is a long waiting list for these services but, while waiting for specialist help, self-help techniques such as relaxation and breathing exercises can help.
This website provides support and information for those who have experienced an out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), their families and those who have been bereaved by OHCA.
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