Currently, everywhere we look we see posts on terrorism, bombings, stabbings, ISIS….

Our minds go to all of those suffering from the pain caused by such terrible incidents.  It’s easy to immediately think negatively on where this world is going and how we are going to survive. Today we saw a glimmer of hope with the article by David Brooks in the New York Times on post-traumatic growth and how resilient our minds can be. Read more in the link below:

Tales of the Super Survivors



Socrates quote on change


This quote from Socrates has me thinking about and all of the amazing things the huddl members have accomplished this year. I’ve seen friendships forged, personal battles won and overall progress being made. When you have post-traumatic stress it may seem like things will never get better. With a community on your side, knowing the battles you are facing, the climb doesn’t seem that bad.

We forge on into the future by building the new, building relationships and by building ourselves (and others) up.


After surviving tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Daniel Rodriguez was set on accomplishing his goal and keeping his promise made to a fellow soldier who died in combat. Even while suffering from post-traumatic stress, Rodriguez shifted his focus to his goal for after war: playing for a Division I football program. See the interview here:



Robin Williams

By now, unless you have been living under a rock, you are aware of the tragic passing of Robin Williams. His untimely death should serve as a reminder to everyone that no one is immune to mental health issues.  Here we had an iconic comedian, a man who by any guesstimate made millions of people laugh billions of times, a man beloved by those who knew him best as well as those who never stepped foot on the same Continent as him.  There is a lot to be said for anyone who has such wide appeal to so many, his zany personality connected with so many people, but let’s not forget his ability to take on serious roles as an actor and do so flawlessly.  Robin Williams was truly a generational artist, I cannot point to another actor/comedian who brought so much to so many.

Just like all of us, we all knew that Robin was battling his own demons, the extent of which perhaps we are just now finding out. I had heard/read some snide comments already, how people cannot ‘understand’ how someone so happy and who elicits such happy emotions can be so unhappy on the inside. Why is this bizarre? This is the norm, not an outlier, people battling depression don’t walk around all day with their hands in their pockets kicking rocks, they lead normal lives, or as close to normal as they can take. They are your colleagues, your neighbors, your family, no matter how many laughs are born by a person, don’t let the exterior tell you the full story.

How often these days do we truly, genuinely try to get to know people in & out? We get asked bottled questions and we give bottled responses, we don’t dig any deeper. I don’t know if we have always been that way, but the older I get the less interested people seem to be in other people, and this is disturbing. Perhaps we are numb to so much more now because we constantly get reminded of horror & tragedy via news, twitter etc. We hear a bit of bad news and almost instantaneously we are being buried under the next news story, no real time allowed to digest what we just learned, to empathize with people we don’t or never will know.

Robin had family, loved ones, did they know how pained he was? There is no right answer to that question, my heart  breaks at the thought of not being around for my own family, and I cannot imagine the inner turmoil a person goes thru when they make the decision that they have only one way to stop the pain. In Robin’s passing, I hope we can all look at our loved ones a bit differently, and everyone else for that matter. Depression is often times not visible, your little day to day interactions with people can have a resounding affect, don’t waste it twiddling with your phone or having someone’s words glance off of you.

At PTSD United, through (the anonymous social support network for trauma) we strive to make connection and support as easy as possible.

As we reflect on this tragic and sad loss, please look at those around you, especially if they’ve mentioned depression before. We may think there is time to get help and that we can wait it out. This simply isn’t the case. If you know of someone around you who needs help, please reach out today. One more day living with sadness is too much. One more loss of life is too much. It’s upon all of us to save those in society who are struggling and to make real, honest connections with those close to us.





June is PTSD Awareness Month and the month brings a lot of ideas, thoughts and emotions into all of us at PTSD United. While we are glad that the issue is receiving awareness, we also feel there is so much more that can be done. PTSD is a massive subject, affects millions of people, and there is still an insane amount of information to learn. These thoughts can be overwhelming.

So, when it seems like we are a drop in a large bucket, we look at huddl – the anonymous and free social network that we created a year ago.  We go back to the basics and see that we are helping – by allowing people to help each other. 

A few users have expressed what huddl means to them:

Anonymous User: “I tend to fall often, sometimes many times in one day, but I’m trying to come out of a deep and bad place. huddl helps me to keep getting back up, instead of giving up.”

Anonymous Response to above : “I fall constantly, and sometimes I need a hand getting up. huddl is that hand in a way I never imagined.”

The truth is, traumatic events happen and people everywhere are struggling to come to terms with those events. We all have pasts and we all could use a helping hand. Yet, too often people with “scary pasts”, “problems” or trauma are dismissed by others. Instead of dismissing, what if we all reached out? What if we all listened for a few minutes instead of not having enough time? What if we stopped talking about people that don’t seem to have their life completely in order?

The simplest notion of connecting with other people is how we are dealing with traumatic events. We created huddl to take on trauma from the ground up, to show everyone that they aren’t alone in their thoughts and bad days. And we made it easier to connect by having everyone be anonymous. Tragedy and trauma are not simple issues – but let’s go back to the basics: we all have the power to help those around us, it’s simple – connect

If you would like to be inspired, or need a helping hand, please join us at