We've got your SIX!

“Got your six” was a phrase first used in the U.S. Armed forces; the police often recruit former soldiers due to their experience, training, knowledge, skills, and abilities. It is believed that a former soldier, who had returned home from battle, brought this phrase to the Police Profession. Either context, it means, “I have your back”, because, both the Military and Police use the “clock” as a point of reference. “Six” is at the bottom, (back) of the clock.

REDSIX IS AIMED AT HELPING LOWER THE GROWING SUICIDE RATE AMONGST THE VETERAN COMMUNITY

REDSIX is an app which offers a virtual community that is accessible no matter where you are located, using GPS technology.

Who is REDSIX for:

If you are a serving member of the armed forces, an ex-member of the armed forces or you have had direct exposure to acts of military conflict, you can join REDSIX.

How does REDSIX work:

Whenever you cross paths with other members of REDSIX, their profile pops up on your phone.

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a particular set of reactions that can develop in people who have been through a traumatic event which threatened their life or safety, or that of others around them. This could be a car or other serious accident, physical or sexual assault, war or torture, or disasters such as bushfires or floods. As a result, the person experiences feelings of intense fear, helplessness or horror.

What are the signs of PTSD?

 

People with PTSD often experience feelings of panic or extreme fear, similar to the fear they felt during the traumatic event.

A person with PTSD experiences four main types of difficulties.

  • Re-living the traumatic event – The person relives the event through unwanted and recurring memories, often in the form of vivid images and nightmares. There may be intense emotional or physical reactions, such as sweating, heart palpitations or panic when reminded of the event.

  • Being overly alert or wound up – The person experiences sleeping difficulties, irritability and lack of concentration, becoming easily startled and constantly on the lookout for signs of danger.

  • Avoiding reminders of the event – The person deliberately avoids activities, places, people, thoughts or feelings associated with the event because they bring back painful memories.

  • Feeling emotionally numb – The person loses interest in day-to-day activities, feels cut off and detached from friends and family, or feels emotionally flat and numb.

It's not unusual for people with PTSD to experience other mental health problems at the same time. These may have developed directly in response to the traumatic event or have followed the PTSD. These additional problems, most commonly depression
anxiety and alcohol or drug use, are more likely to occur if PTSD

has persisted for a long time.

Support from family and friends is very important for most people. Trying, as far as possible, to minimise other stressful life experiences allows

the person to focus more on his/her recovery.

If a person feels very distressed at any time after a traumatic event, he/she should talk to a doctor or other health professional. If a person experiences symptoms of PTSD that persist beyond two weeks, a doctor or a mental health professional may recommend starting treatment for PTSD. 

Effective treatments are available. Most involve psychological treatment (talking therapy), but medication can also be prescribed in some cases.

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