If you’ve been following this blog for more than two minutes, you know how much I love when we survivors take positive action(s) against the past. Take, for example, Sharon Smith, the founder and Executive Director of the National Trauma Institute (NTI). A trauma survivor herself, Sharon has unique insight into the importance of trauma care. NTI is all about raising awareness of and funds for trauma research, which has a direct impact on the quality of any life after trauma.
About her own horrific fall off a cliff, Sharon says, “I think the accident made me know what it’s like to be scared and clueless about what has happened to youyou can be lost in time and space for a long time after a traumatic injury,” she says. “I understand how it happensno one thinks it’s going to happen to them.”
Sharon uses her own trauma insights to positively impact an enormous number of trauma survivors.
Find one positive action you can take to help someone else.
You, too, can use your experience to help others. Some ideas:
speak the truth instead of being silent
advocate for PTSD awareness or mental health
comfort another survivor either online or in the real world
We are actively seeking people who are interested in telling their stories of survival for possible inclusion in a national awareness campaign. If you have survived a traumatic injury and can share details of your care and recovery, we want to hear from you! Please email Pam Losefsky ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), NTI Director of Communications and Development.
I bet you can think of one (small) thing you can do to positively make a difference. What will it be?