“It put to bed all of the events which haunted me.”
Heather Anderson spent much of her adult life working as a nurse and midwife in the Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service. It was only after leaving the PMRAFNS, however, that Heather realised the toll that this role had taken on her mental health. After receiving treatment from PTSD Resolution in 2016, Heather felt that she needed to give something back to the charity. Recently, Heather has shared with us the details of her military experiences and what prompted her to fundraise in aid of PTSD Resolution:
First Published in Live 24 Seven.
What Veterans Say About PTSD Resolution
"My traumatic event occurred in the Mull of Kintyre of 1984 when I was involved in a helicopter crash. About a month later, I started to develop PTSD symptoms and I went to see my GP who referred me to a Community Psychiatric Nurse.
He carried out some computer testing with me and the result said that I did not have PTSD, just a problem with adjustment. A little while later, I re-sat the test and was told that I would be fine.
"About 18 months ago, my symptoms became considerably worse. I contacted Combat Stress who put me on a six-week residential course. This seemed to work well but I knew that I still wasn't right. My family were really worried about me and it was my sister-in-law who found about PTSD Resolution.
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PTSD Resolution Joins Cobseo
Armed Forces' Veterans mental health charity PTSD Resolution has joined Cobseo, the Confederation of Service Charities, which provides a single point of contact for communication by Forces' charities with Government and other organisations.
Colonel Tony Gauvain (Retired), Chairman of PTSD Resolution says:
"We are delighted to be accepted to join Cobseo, which represents the serving and Veterans community of some six million people and their dependants. Membership enables us to promote and further the mental welfare and general interests of the Armed Forces community.
Ian Young & The Invictus Games 2017
Recently, we shared with you the story of Ian Young, a veteran of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. After 11 years of service in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo, Ian developed PTSD and was successfully treated by PTSD Resolution.
We caught up with Ian after his recent trip to Canada where he represented Great Britain in the Invictus Games, a sporting event designed to promote recovery among veterans and to raise awareness of the many hardships they often face. Ian was one of 90 competitors to be selected for Team GB.
"There is no doubt that PTSD Resolution saved my life."
Veteran Ian Young is an independent IT Contractor and is representing the UK in the Invictus Games on September 21st. He also runs half-marathons and marathons in aid of PTSD Resolution.
But life wasn't always so easy for Ian. After serving 11 years in the Army, he found that his military experiences would not stay in the past. Coupled with the death of his parents, Ian began self-medicating with alcohol but found that his life was quickly spiralling out of control.
Shell Shock Walk 2017 took place on Saturday 16th September 2017
From Shell Shock to Combat-Related Stress.
As we approach the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, it is important to remember that many soldiers faced more than the threat of enemy fire. Shell Shock not only impacted upon the mental health of these men, it also had serious social and legal consequences.
Only two years before this ferocious battle, for example, the British Army declared that men who developed shell shock as a result of a shell explosion would be entitled to wear a special 'wounded' rank and receive a pension. In contrast, men who had not been involved in a shell explosion were entitled to nothing and were instead branded as having a defective character. But such a narrow definition of the causes of shell shock was problematic because the Army often had difficulty in proving which cases were which. This left many soldiers adrift of the help and support they needed.
How to effectively raise funds for veterans with PTSD
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be devastating for victims and their families. It produces high levels of anxiety that often lead to depression and anger, which then leads to job loss, violence, alcohol abuse, and even suicide.
Our veterans, who have sacrificed so much, deserve the opportunity to once again experience a sense of normalcy in their lives. It is also important to remove the additional stress of financial burden by offering free counseling to help resolve their PTSD mental health issues
Force's Veteran Sam Doyle, sets off on two-year around Britain walk
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A former serviceman from North West England is walking around the entire British coastline to help Veterans get free treatment from PTSD Resolution. The charity helps veterans, reservists and their families who are struggling to settle back into a normal work and family life because of military trauma suffered during service in the armed forces.
Iraq Veteran's Experience of Therapy: from Scepticism to Recovery
New Case studies detail the actual experiences of treatment by the forces' veterans and their families helped by PTSD Resolution.
Each person is asked after the programme to describe their experience leading up to, during and following therapy. This is voluntary and not a condition of treatment. All case studies are actual statements made by the person who received help. Each is anonymised to protect their identity: all therapy is delivered in the strictest confidence, no doctor's referral is required.
Six things you should know about PTSD and mental trauma in Mental Health Awareness Week (May 8-14)
It is important to recognise symptoms which interfere with normal functioning. Symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, poor sleep, anger outbursts, physical violence, excessive anxiety, feelings of depression, avoidance of any reminders, denial of effects - all interfere with the lives of the person traumatised and the people around. There is no point in denying it as it will only get worse. PTSD Resolution's treatment teaches Veterans, Reservists and Families how to recognise, reduce and manage symptoms so that life can return to normality.
The Great North Run 2017
Do you fancy running and raising funds for PTSD Resolution on the 10th September 2017? The Great North Run is the biggest half marathon in the UK and the World with over 57000 runners taking part in the famous 13.1 mile run, where participants run between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields. The race was devised by former Olympic 10,000 metre bronze medallist and BBC Sport commentator Brendan Foster.
**NEWS FLASH: Extended to 12PM Tues 06 Dec: your Donation DOUBLED for 2016 Christmas Appeal
With many forces' veterans working in the security industry, the charity PTSD Resolution is this year sponsored by ASIS UK, who are organising a series of fundraising events. The charity (No. 1133188) helps veterans, reservists and families free of charge who are struggling to reintegrate into a normal work and family life because of military trauma suffered during service in the armed forces.
ASIS UK has announced it is to partner with the charity PTSD Resolution to access the national network of therapists for the treatment of trauma for our members.
ASIS International is the largest organisation for security professionals, with more than 38,000 members worldwide including 750 in the UK.
Evidence: "A Service Evaluation of PTSD Resolution Client Outcome Data", Burdett & Greenberg 2016”.
27/09/2016: The King’s Centre for Military Mental Health Research has completed a service evaluation of PTSD Resolution client outcome data
Professor Neil Greenberg and Dr Howard Burdett compared treatment outcomes in 504 PTSD Resolution clients with data from the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.
First ‘Shell Shock Walk’ Raises New Funds for Veterans’ Welfare
Supporters of PTSD Resolution raised new funding of over £1500 on the first ‘Shell Shock Walk’ on Saturday 17th September. If you were unable to join the walk you can still donate here:-
Donate to the Shell Shock Walk HERE
22 PressUps: Get Fit, Have Fun, Help our Veterans
WHEN 43-year-old Craig Robinson's pals nominated him on Facebook to complete the 22 Press Ups challenge for charity PTSD Resolution, he decided to call in back up. He rounded up some rugby friends and organised a pub crawl with a difference, carrying out the challenge in 22 pubs from Bingley's Wetherspoons to the City Vaults and The City Gent.
PTSD Resolution Therapists now Accredited by UK's PSA
Today brings an exciting announcement for all of us at PTSD Resolution involved in and committed to the Human Givens approach to resolving military trauma: the register of the Human Givens Institute (HGI) has been accredited under the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) for Health and Social Care in the UK, under its Accredited Registers Programme. www.ptsdresolution.org
Take steps for PTSD Resolution and challenge yourself, your friends, colleagues, families and children to take part in PTSD Resolution's Walk Round the World (WRTW) and raise funds for former Service men and women and their families who are struggling from the trauma of conflict and help them get back to a normal life.
Paris Aftermath: UK Industry must be ready to help Traumatised Staff
With 129 people so tragically killed on November 13th in Paris, there are many hundreds or more who witnessed the events, who will be deeply traumatised and returning to work at some stage.
Castle Combe Motor Event raises £3,000
A fund-raising track day at Castle Combe motor circuit near Chippenham on Wednesday 21st October 2015 raised £3,000 for PTSD Resolution
PTSD is a dark, devouring ravenous beast of shadow
PTSD Resolution receives many testimonials from veterans who have received therapy from our national network, such as this one:-Read More
Join the PTSD Resolution community
Can you run, skip or juggle? We are looking for friends and supports to help us raise funds, perhaps meet a personal challenge or fulfil a dream..Read More
Bonamy Waddell (nee Gauvain, and a daughter of PTSD Resolution Chairman) ran the 2015 Brighton Marathon last April for PTSD Resolution.Read More
Glenn Owen from Beccles on overcoming PTSD
"When you're a squaddie, whatever happens, you have a few beers and you push it all to the back of your mind. It's the squaddie way," Glenn Owen says. "But later it comes back.Read More