It all started with an email from a stranger, to a stranger. It ended with this innovative initiative designed to draw attention to the full impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in our province, and beyond.
PTSD isn’t always born on a battlefield.
It’s a simple, yet powerful statement. It’s not intended to minimize anyone’s experience with PTSD, but rather heighten public awareness about the truth regarding its scope. Like mental illness in general, PTSD does not discriminate. People of all ages, races and economic levels are affected.
David Sullivan and Jeff Simpson are the creative minds behind this campaign. It was an idea born after David was diagnosed with PTSD. While talking to his father about it, he was met with a bewildered response… “But, you were never in the army or anything.”
That’s when David realized his personal battle with PTSD would be different from anyone else’s experience. But then again, that’s the true nature of PTSD. It is always unique.
This campaign is meant to get people talking, to broaden the extent of PTSD and to bring our community together in an inclusive way. We hope it catches your attention and expands yourperspective. PTSD can happen anywhere to anyone. And you can help.
John Whelan, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has spent a 20-year career working with serving and retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces and first responders. He served in the RCN for nearly nine years during the Cold War years before leaving to attend university. John is curently an Adjunct Professor at Mount St. Vincent University where he continues outcome-focused clinical research, advocacy and outreach work. He is an active member of several veterans organizations.
Visit John's website here: www.whelanpsych.com