Why Hummingbird Haven?
We chose this name for a specific reason… Both the Hummingbird and the Veteran have known the harshness of life’s challenges, but it is in their response to these trials that their true similarity emerges.
The Hummingbird, faced with adverse conditions, migrates thousands of miles in search of better sustenance and climate. It finds a way to thrive amidst change, an exemplar of adaptability and resourcefulness. If can move forward, backwards, or hover in place in order to respond to environmental changes or challenges.
Similarly, the Veteran navigates the battlefield of life with a sense of purpose, finding ways to cope with the aftermath of conflict and the challenges of returning to civilian life. The resilience of the Veteran lies in the ability to seek support, find strength in camaraderie, and adapt to the changing circumstances that follow the end of their military service.
You’ve Served Us. Now Let Us Serve You.
At Hummingbird Haven, we understand veterans’ and their families’ unique struggles and challenges. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder (STSD), and its various effects on your life can be overwhelming. But remember, you are not alone. We are here to help you navigate these challenging times with hope, resilience, and community.
We focus on strengthening the bonds between Veterans and their love ones in need of support for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder (STSD).
Don’t wait. If you or someone you care about wants to know more about PTSD, use the button below to take a free online PTSD screening exam.
Support for Veterans in the Antelope Valley
We speak from a place of lived experience. For nearly four decades, we’ve grappled with the reality of PTSD in our own lives, gaining intimate knowledge of its impact on relationships and well-being. Yet, with the support of our community, we’ve learned to navigate these rough seas effectively. We want to extend our hand to guide you and your loved ones through the storm.
Connect Faster and Start Healing with Our New WebApp
At Hummingbird Haven, we’re always seeking innovative ways to bridge the gap between Veterans in need and the resources they deserve. That’s why we’re excited to announce our WebApp, currently in beta test mode, that is designed to help Veterans find the right support in under 3 minutes. Use the button below to check out the Antelope Valley Veterans Network App.
Some basic data on PTSD and Veterans.
The Antelope Valley has over 18,000 Veterans.
PTSD impacts many in this valued population.
We all might know someone living with PTSD.
1 in 13 people in the U.S. will develop PTSD at some point in their life.
Up to 22% of Veterans suffer from PTSD.
Those living with PTSD are never alone.
Of people in the United States who experience a traumatic event,
20% will develop PTSD. (Sidran Institute, 2018)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by a terrifying event — experiencing or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, separating from loved ones, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but can get better with time and self-care. If symptoms worsen, last for months or years, and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD.
Effective treatment after PTSD symptoms can be critical to reduce symptoms and optimize your well-being.
Known as compassion fatigue, second-hand PTSD, and secondary traumatic stress disorder, refers to a form of distress or trauma experienced indirectly by hearing details of or witnessing the aftermath of a traumatic experience by another person. Service providers often exhibit symptoms of PTSD without having experienced trauma first-hand.
Vicarious trauma is the change process resulting from frequent exposure to or engagement with trauma survivors. A person who interacts with survivors of traumatic experiences – such as doctors or first responders – may experience a significant change in their morals and beliefs because of listening to trauma survivors’ stories.
We can help you manage and overcome the following symptoms of PTSD or STSD
Both PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and STSD (Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder) can cause recurring nightmares or flashbacks, a re-experience of the traumatic events.
Avoidance and Isolation:
You may avoid people, places, thoughts, or situations that may remind them of the trauma. This can lead to a sense of isolation and withdrawal from loved ones.
This symptom includes being easily startled, feeling tense, or having difficulty sleeping. The individual may be constantly on the lookout for threats.
Negative Thoughts and Feelings:
This can manifest as feelings of guilt, blame, a decrease in interest in previously enjoyable activities, and difficulty experiencing positive emotions.
Strain on Relationships:
These conditions can place significant strain on personal relationships. Loved ones may feel helpless, frustrated, or neglected, leading to relationship difficulties and marital problems.
Difficulty in concentrating and other PTSD symptoms can affect job performance and professional relationships, often leading to job loss or career changes.