FAMILY & FRIENDS OF OSI
OSI-CAN provides peer groups that aid in the recovery and resiliency of the family as a whole. At times, adult family and friends of those affected by Occupational Stress Injuries (OSIs) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) often may be seeking or require connections and resources of their own.
OSI/PTSI can occur when a person directly experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. This can also happen with repeated exposure to traumatic events and details as with OSI’s target group; military, first responders, 911 dispatchers and corrections staff.
Being the caregiver or support for someone with OSI sometimes means facing battles of your own. Feelings of isolation, lack of support or understanding are common traits often shared among family members. We offer support, understanding, hope, knowledge, strength and encouragement.
Some of the symptoms of OSI/PTSI are:
These symptoms can help you to understand what your loved one with an OSI is experiencing. They might also assist the family in accepting their journey through the healing process.
Those who are in a care/ support position within the family can be especially affected. This vicarious trauma can become complicating for individuals in this situation.
Family & Friends of OSI-CAN Support Group
If you would like a Family and Friends of OSI-CAN Support Group in your community please contact:
Patricia Atwell, Provincial Coordinator