Thanks Christopher, that Black dog can be a bugga at times. I was asked one day how I cope with all that I hear and feel or when that little bugga bites Not what I recommend for the Vets but for me I occasionally play "Hide & Sleep" lol
When I started the group I remember thinking what will I do if I get 500 members, how will I be able to help that many, well the group is now Global and has 7,883 members.
I have tried to put on Admins but so far none have been suitable and tend to give some off the wall advice, even advising on Meds which is NOT allowed. I cant allow this to happen.
So I am on the site between 12 - 18 hrs per day at times.
I only advise them to get professional help and give the relevant contact info. Other than that I listen when they want to open up.
Nothing shocks me anymore, but I do feel their pain and understand the guilt and emotional turmoil they suffer with the Monster within we call PTSD.
I have sat up many nights listening and talking someone thru the worst, this can be very draining when it happens frequently.
Sometimes I put a SHOUT OUT post up when requested so that other members can say how they cope with ?????
I use a lot of humour on the page and that seems to be very popular and so many say it does help them. Other Posts are Motivational, about PTSD, Military, & contact info which includes Beyond Blue, VVCS, Lifeline, Suicide Call Back Service and a few others.
I love helping/supporting the Vets, and now we have current serving members as well as some EMS, plus family members. It has grown well beyond my expectations so I guess I am doing something right.
I just need someone to contact when I feel I am about to go Cave Dwelling or start to feel sorry for myself. That's the last thing these guys need is me being on a downer.