Social & Emotional Support

Common individual reactions to violence include:

  • Poor sleep, poor concentration, jumpiness, irritability
  • Losing enjoyment in things or keeping your distance from people
  • Unwanted memories and nightmares
  • Reduced ability to carry out daily activities, such as work, housework or schoolwork.
  • Disruptions to social relationships with your family or friends or community activities
  • The “blues”/ feeling tired, unmotivated/loss of pleasure
  • Reduced ability to handle other stressful events or situations
  • Eating poorly, not getting enough rest, or increased use of alcohol or other substances
  • Avoiding thinking or talking about what happened
Despite these reactions, many symptoms will lessen with time. If the symptoms persist or if they start to interfere with your family, work or social life, there are self-help and professional counseling services available.

There are many skills and therapies which can help reduce these symptoms and improve your daily life functioning. Some of the things proven to help are:

Obtaining accurate information about Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms alone can reduce symptoms. The following tip sheets and websites provide information and useful coping strategies for the most bothersome symptoms.

Further information can be found by visiting: www.ptsd.va.gov. The website explains PTSD basics, key information about trauma, and PTSD and treatment options.

The following mobile application PTSD Coach is another available resource: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/materials/apps/PTSDCoach.asp

MOVA funds free behavioral health interventions that help to minimize the common symptoms linked to trauma. These supports are designed to help support you and your family. If you contact one of the MOVA funded programs, you can ask if they provide the services that may be helpful to you, including:

  • Stress management classes
  • Peer Support – one-on-one or in groups
  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapies: Change your thoughts about the events and you can lessen the impact they have on you daily
  • Supportive Counseling: groups or individual

To locate free services near you, use our Find Help Near You service or call the victim services coordinator at MOVA at (844)-878-MOVA (6682) during regular business hours.