Being held hostage is a life changing event. Getting home is often not the end of your journey – it is the start of a new one. A new period of recovery and reintegration begins, which can take months or even years to complete. This will at times be difficult – but with the right support and knowledge you can get through it.
With the right care, support and knowledge, those returning from captivity can make a full recovery. Everyone is different, and therefore each person will have a different path to follow.
This section contains information, guidance, and links to films, books and podcasts that can help you make sense of what you have been through, understand what might lie ahead, and help yourself to tackle some of the common challenges faced by returning hostages.
Being held captive for any amount of time is likely to have an effect on your health. It is important to focus on make time for your physical health when you return home to help you recover as quickly and effectively as possible. This section provides information on the types of issues you may be facing and how to overcome them.
Being kidnapped is a traumatic event that could have prolonged health impacts if it is not dealt with. Although only a few hostages will go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it is important to know the warning signs. In this section you will find information about dealing with stress, anxiety and the other effects of a traumatic incident.