Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD Survivors is a weekly Friday feature. My selections are entirely subjective, and I know it will never be possible to include every great resource tweeted. But I can try! I’ve personally read all tweeted links, and believe them to be of great value.
Disclaimer: I am in no way responsible for content found on any other website. Stay safe, and don’t follow links if you believe you might be triggered by them. Also, I will not be re-checking links from older Best Tweets posts, and if the site’s archived URL is different from the one I’ve provided here, you may need to do a search on their site.
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@soulseedz “The sole purpose of human existence
is to kindle a light of meaning
in the darkness of mere being.” ~ Jung
Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder
@ShareAwakening “The world you see is less of an indication about the world and more of an indication about your seeing.” ♥ ~ Alan Cohen
@Good_Therapy “Someday all you’ll have to light the way will be a single ray of hope, and that will be enough.” ~ Kobi Yamada
@CarePathways “The best day of your life is the one on which YOU decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses.”
@karenkmmonroy “Feel free to borrow confidence from outside of yourself, but if you want it to last, give it a place to stay.”
@Seeds4Parents “What the world needs is people who are alive and awake, aware and authentic.”
@back2incomplete “Be gentle with others. Demonstrate the highest version of yourself, and you will give others power to be the highest versions of themselves.”
@pourmecoffee Tribute in Lights
National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 04-10
World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10, 2011
@psychcentral 5 Easy Ways To Help With Suicide Prevention Awareness
[SEO: This post is packed with links to resources, and spells out what you can do in your community and on social media to spread suicide prevention awareness. Bookmark this valuable resource.
@thereseborchard What Should You Do If Someone You Know Is Suicidal?
[SEO: Topics covered: potential warning signs; questions to ask the suicidal person; and how to help the suicidal person find help. “Direct questioning, supportive listening and gentle but persistent guidance can help you bring hope and appropriate treatment to someone who believes suicide will offer the only relief.”]
@NAMIMass Very helpful “A Handbook for Survivors of Suicide” (PDF)
[SEO: A 36 page PDF file written for survivors of a loved one’s suicide, by a man who lost his wife. Excellent.]
@VA_PTSD_Info Suicide Prevention Week — Share this — The Veteran’s Crisis Line is 1-800-273-8255.
[SEO: Extensive resources aimed at “Changing the Legacy of Suicide: Success Before Stress” for veterans.]
@SarahEOlson2009 A Difference Between Trey Pennington’s Story and My Story
[SEO: Trey Pennington’s suicide this week rocked the online marketing community. This post is from a member of that community in a very respectful and powerful way. She also suffers from depression, and was suicidal. An odd chance put her in the path of the one person who could “talk her down from the balcony”. Read this, both if you are contemplating suicide or if you know someone who is. And read the many comments from people who’ve been there, too. Nobody needs to go through this alone. There is help. Find it.]
@NAMIMass Wherever you are located in the world, when you or someone you know needs help: befrienders.org
[SEO: “We work worldwide to provide emotional support, and reduce suicide. We listen to people who are in distress. We don’t judge them or tell them what to do — we listen.”]
The Rest of the Best
@patriciasinglet Carnival Against Child Abuse, August 2011 Is Posted
[SEO: Topics include: Advocacy and Awareness; In the News; Survivor Stories; Poetry; Aftermath; and Healing and Therapy.]
@ssanquist Relaxation techniques: Try these steps to reduce stress
[SEO: A primer on relaxation techniques, what they are, how they are beneficial, and why they require practice. “Relaxation isn’t just about peace of mind or enjoying a hobby. Relaxation is a process that decreases the effects of stress on your mind and body. Relaxation techniques can help you cope with everyday stress and with stress related to various health problems, such as cancer and pain.”]
@MentalHelpNet Mental Your Primary Spiritual Relationship — Love for Yourself
[SEO: This resonates strongly for me. How about you? “For years,the concept of loving myself eluded me. Like many on a spiritual path, I became very good at compassion for others, but had no idea what self-love meant. Little by little, I’ve learned that it starts with self-esteem, self-acceptance, and finally compassion and love — all of progressive stages.”
“Throughout the day, you’re confronted with many opportunities to disregard or attune to your feelings, to judge or to honor them, to keep commitments and be responsible to yourself, and to act in accordance with your needs, values, and feelings. You have an opportunity to learn self-love all the time. Every time you talk yourself down, doubt yourself, exhaust yourself, dismiss your feelings or needs, or act against your values, you undermine your self-esteem. The reverse is also true. You might as well make healthier choices, because you and all your relationships will benefit.”
@Good_Therapy Growing Self-Compassion by Recognizing Your Limits
[SEO: “In order for you to have compassion towards your distress you must recognize the distress as being legitimate, as being worth noticing, worth caring about, worth turning towards, and worth alleviating. It is by acknowledging, accepting and allowing your limits to exist that you bestow legitimacy onto your distress. Another piece of recognizing is granting yourself permission to accept your limits as they are in the here and now versus as you desire your limits to be or as you believe your limits should be.”]
@NAMIMass Bouncing Back When Life Knocks You Down
[SEO: “Everyone gets thrown for a loop by life from time to time, but when you’re living with the ramifications of a debilitating chronic illness, this seems to happen all the time. Whatever expectations you had for yourself and your life seem like a sick joke, and it becomes clear that whatever control you thought you had doesn’t exist. So how do you bounce back when life kicks your butt?” Five basic ways to increase your ability to cope, which include some links for further help.]