As some of you may be aware, Birchwood Highland is a recognised Healthy Working Lives employer - receiving a Gold Award for our efforts in December 2011, and continuing to maintain our position on an annual basis.
Healthy Working Lives is an initiative supported by the NHS which assists employers and employees to develop health promotion and safety themes in the workplace, in a practical, logical way that's beneficial to all.
The aim of Healthy Working Lives is to give people, whatever they do for a living, and wherever they are in Scotland, the opportunity to work in ways which allow them not only to sustain but also to improve their health and well-being.
As part of Birchwood Highland's strategy to encourage health and well-being in the workplace, each month we focus on a particular topic or theme, and this month's theme is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Extensive research has been conducted to further our understanding of PTSD and war veterans have more recently brought PTSD to public attention.
PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by extremely stressful, frightening or distressing events. Individuals with PTSD often relive their traumatic experiences through nightmares and flashbacks. These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on a person’s day-to-day life.
Alarmingly, researchers have found that the risk of suicide in veterans is 21 % higher when compared to civilian adults.*
Keep an eye out on our social media throughout August to find out more about how PTSD affects people, and where to seek help if you're experiencing symptoms.
*Source: Dr. Caitlin Thompson. VA Suicide Prevention Program, Facts about Veteran Suicide. (July 2016)