'Hope in our Valley' is a support group for Women and Men, Non-Veterans as well as Veterans, who struggle with PTSD.
It is often helpful to be able to talk with others and relate to others that face similar difficulties as a result of acute or chronic trauma. Feeling that we are not alone on an island is a vital part of healing, and we believe that individual counseling as well as group support is vital to getting our lives back. We believe we are still the only self-governing, community-based PTSD support group in the state of Oregon.
You do not need to be screened, and the support group is free.
Much of what we do in the group is open discussion and exploring therapies that help us with our PTSD. We will continue to have expert guest speakers, periodic fun, and therapeutic outside events.
THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS AND THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR PTSD SPECIFICALLY STATES'
" Have more contact with other trauma survivors
Other trauma survivors are a good source of understanding and support. You could join a survivors' organization. For example, Veterans may want to join a Veterans' organization. By having contact with others who have had similar experiences, you will no longer be isolated. You will also begin to break down any distrust of others.
It may be hard to take the first step and join a PTSD treatment group or other peer support group. You may have said to yourself, "What will happen there? Nobody can help me anyway." Many people with PTSD find it hard to meet new people. They have trouble trusting enough to open up to someone new. Yet it can also be a great relief to feel that you have taken positive action. You will learn that you are not the only one dealing with the types of feelings you have. In time you may also end up being friends with another survivor."
NOTICE: OUR MEETING FOR MONDAY FEB. 20TH WILL BE AT CORVALLIS MARKET OF CHOICE UPSTAIRS IN THE CONFERANCE ROOM FOR A PIZZA GATHERING.
WHEN: First and third Monday of the month.
WHERE: Corvallis Methodist Church, in the Martha room downstairs
Contact: Shane @ 509-594-5034 / firstname.lastname@example.org