#TAKE5SAVE5

#TAKE5SAVE5

North Carolina loses 5 veterans per week to suicide.  The Joel Fund’s #Take5Save5 campaign is aimed at creating awareness to reduce that rate. Taking 5 minutes out of your day can save a veteran’s life.  Send a text, make a phone call, invite someone to coffee.  Do your part – join us on this important mission.

 

Learn the basics about PTSD

After a trauma or life-threatening event, it is common to have reactions such as upsetting memories of the event, increased jumpiness, or trouble sleeping. If these reactions do not go away or if they get worse, you may have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

source credit: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/PTSD-overview/basics/index.asp

 

Reach out

Knowing how to best demonstrate your love and support for someone with PTSD isn’t always easy. You can’t force your loved one to get better, but you can play a major role in the healing process by simply spending time together.

Don’t pressure your loved one into talking. It can be very difficult for people with PTSD to talk about their traumatic experiences. For some, it can even make things worse. Instead, let them know you’re willing to listen when they want to talk, or just hang out when they don’t. Comfort for someone with PTSD comes from feeling engaged and accepted by you, not necessarily from talking.

Do “normal” things with your loved one, things that have nothing to do with PTSD or the traumatic experience. Encourage your loved one to participate in rhythmic exercise, seek out friends, and pursue hobbies that bring pleasure. Take a fitness class together, go dancing, or set a regular lunch date with friends and family.

Let your loved one take the lead, rather than telling him or her what to do. Everyone with PTSD is different but most people instinctively know what makes them feel calm and safe. Take cues from your loved one as to how you can best provide support and companionship.

Manage your own stress. The more calm, relaxed, and focused you are, the better you’ll be able to help your loved one.

Be patient. Recovery is a process that takes time and often involves setbacks. The important thing is to stay positive and maintain support for your loved one.

source credit: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/PTSD-overview/basics/index.asp

 

Spread the word

The hashtag has been created to help generate awareness and mobilization.  Tell the world #TAKE5SAVE5.  Share this hashtag and show the veterans of the world that we care.  Starting is simple.  Right here in your own backyard, your home town, your home state… reach out to a Veteran and give thanks!

 

NC VETERANS COFFEE

North Carolina Veterans Coffees

You’ve got questions!  We’ve got answers!

Join us at our quarterly NC Veterans Coffee event.  The Veterans Health Administration team will be on hand to answer your questions. Be sure to attend this informational gathering to learn about many organizations working on your behalf – Department of Veterans Affairs, NC Serves, and others.

 

 

Saturday, September 21, 2019
8:30am-10:30am 

Trailblazer Studios
1610 Midtown Place
Raleigh, NC 27609

OPERATION A.R.T.™

Artistry • Reconnection • Transformation

A.R.T. always tells a story. A.R.T. is a way to share without speaking. In 2017, The Joel Fund Operation A.R.T. to bring art classes to the veterans in our community.  In 2018, the program expanded to include veteran’s immediate family members.  Operation A.R.T.™ students have the opportunity to be introduced to a new art medium or continue developing skills in a known medium.


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Wake Forest • DurhamFuquay-Varina

Become an instructor for Operation A.R.T.™

“I’ve really enjoyed taking the painting classes through Operation A.R.T.™ The classes have not only been very therapeutic, but they have inspired me to paint again.”  P.E. – Veteran

OPERATION A.R.T.™ CLASSES

FLORAL ARRANGEMENT & PASTEL DRAWING WORKSHOP
Floral Arrangement & Pastel Drawing Workshop In the first part of this class, you will be provided with tips for
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FLUID ART WORKSHOP – NOVEMBER
Fluid Art Workshop – November Would you like to be able to create art with out the pressure of knowing
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FLUID ART WORKSHOP – OCTOBER
Fluid Art Workshop – October Would you like to be able to create art with out the pressure of knowing
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PHOTOSHOP II
Photoshop II Are you interested in learning more advanced photo editing techniques?  In this class, students will learn how to
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INTRODUCTION TO OIL PAINTING
Introduction to Oil Painting Have you always had an interest in art but maybe you’ve never taken a class? Are
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PHOTOGRAPHY I
Photography I   Are you interested in having a basic understanding of a digital camera and basic shooting techniques? This
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ACRYLIC AND COLLAGE
Acrylic and Collage   Have you always had an interest in art but maybe you’ve never taken a class? Are
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PAINTING WITH WATERCOLOR
Painting with Watercolor Have you ever had the desire to paint with watercolor but not sure how to start or
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PHOTOSHOP I
Photoshop I   Are you interested in improving your photographs?  This is an introductory course using computer software to edit
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BASIC DRAWING
Basic Drawing   Would you like to be able to express your ideas and feelings through drawing? This course is
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#TAKE5SAVE5
#TAKE5SAVE5 North Carolina loses 5 veterans per week to suicide.  The Joel Fund’s #Take5Save5 campaign is aimed at creating awareness
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PHOTOGRAPHY II
Photography II   Are you interested in taking your photographic skills to another level? In this course, you will learn
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OPERATION A.R.T.™
Artistry • Reconnection • Transformation A.R.T. always tells a story. A.R.T. is a way to share without speaking. In 2017, The Joel
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BECOME AN OPERATION A.R.T.™ INSTRUCTOR