Survivor To Survivor Tipsheet

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This resource sheet was created by Strength to Strength’s Victims Advisory Council to give much-needed advice and support to those impacted by terrorism. You are not alone.

 “Don’t do it alone; it is never too late to get help, and it is never too late to connect. N”

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A Piece of me was stolen by terrorism. A part that can’t be named or touched felt like a loss. W”

  1. Put yourself first, don’t hide; you do not need to protect people from your pain.
  2. Injuries are physical and psychological, and they BOTH matter – there is no hierarchy in suffering! Your survivor friends will help you slay the doubting demons and help you remember that your experience should not be compared to that of others.
  3. Peer Support. Victims and Survivors overwhelmingly endorse peer support because;
    • It helps with the loneliness of survival
    • Connections are lifesaving and life-changing
    • It teaches us and offers an opportunity to tell our stories in a safe space
    • Being a part of something bigger than you is essential and healing
    • Having a chance to see how others have coped helps to guide the way
    • Gives you a chance to help others which helps to make meaning in your pain
  1. Empathy and proper understanding will come from other survivors; surround yourself with people who understand trauma and the experience of being impacted by terrorism.
  2. Share, share, share your story and your feelings.
  3. Tell the story of the loved one you lost; it leaves them a “little alive” and gives people a chance to empathize with you.

“Be kind to yourself.”  E

  1. Use your faith; turn to God to answer questions like “why did I live?”
  2. Yoga, meditation, scrapbooking, crafting, running, singing, journaling, and advocacy work can all be therapeutic activities.
  3. Public speaking and peer mentoring can heal when you are ready to support others.
  4. Use organizations, groups, charities, community events, and other supports to find a safe space to explore your experience and receive support and a chance to see “your people.”
  5. Your families and friends will experience these situations differently than you – expect it.
  6. Tattoos, writing, and commemorations or anniversaries can take on significant meaning and help express thoughts and feelings about your experience. Each one may be different for you and provide an additional avenue of expression.

“Mutual understanding, respect, and compassion for each other formed the foundation for building relationships out of our brokenness.” W

  1. Learn the symptoms of PTSD and get help if needed, it is never too late to get help, and everyone has a unique timeline for healing. There is no timeline or right way.
  2. Therapy, go to therapy. Be open to EMDR and other treatment modalities, be willing to keep looking for what works for you. All trauma is not equal, and there is no one size fits all solution
  3. Take breaks. Engage with survivors and take a break when you need to; someone will always be there when you come back.
  4. Repeatedly talk about your experience to take the sting away; gather with those that shared your attack experience when you can.
  5. Memorializing and finding ways to remember those lost or left can help us learn to carry grief lightly.

“Trauma is a transformational journey; one day, you will cross a line from the life you lived before your attack fully into life after. Never quit, never give up.” A

  1. Be gentle with yourself.
  2. Have self-compassion.
  3. The journey to finding your voice and sharing your story can be complicated. Please remember, you are never alone.










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