Friends & Family

Friends & Family

When someone you care about suffers from PTSD it affects you too.

The symptoms of PTSD aren’t easy to live with, and the changes in your loved one can be downright terrifying. You may worry that things won’t ever go back to the way they were before. At the same time, you may feel angry about what’s happening to your family, and hurt by your loved one’s distance and new emotions. It’s a stressful situation all around—one that can leave you feeling overwhelmed and confused.

The most important thing to know is that you aren’t helpless. Your support can make a huge difference in your friend or family member’s recovery. But as you do your best to care for someone with PTSD, you also need to take care of yourself.

Find out more about what to do if you think your loved one has PTSD, how you can help someone with PTSD, and how to make sure you’re looking after yourself too, by using the links below.

I think my loved one has PTSD


Information about what to do if you think a loved one may have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Helping someone with PTSD


Practical and emotional options on how to support someone suffering from PTSD.

Self Care for Carers and Loved Ones


Caring for someone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be difficult and stressful. Your own mental health may slip further down your list of priorities, but it is vital to look after yourself in order to provide care and support. Here are some reminders about how to look after yourself while you are looking after someone with PTSD.

Information for Employers


Information about how to best support an employee that is suffering from PTSD including practical advice on things like seating location, noise in the office, flexible working hours, task management and addressing their specific requirements.