Foundation for Peace helps sufferers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

I was an observer at a session organised by the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace on “Living with Trauma” for people and their families who had suffered with trauma. Ex-servicemen and woman, and those working in the emergency services can suffer with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for many years after their service. The onset of the condition may be delayed but can be triggered by another stressful incident such as redundancy.

The Foundation for Peace has worked with many victims of terrorism and has carried out a research study into the effects of IRA violence on survivors in mainland Britain. They work has now broadened out to help a wider range of victims and they run these sessions as part of that work. There is so much value in bringing together people who are suffering from PTSD to talk to each and to bring their families as well. The culture of the armed services does not encourage people to discuss their emotional problems and the help for them in civvy street is patchy. The participants were keen to raise awareness of the condition, particularly amongst GPs, A&E staff, nurses, social workers and the general public.

I was also very pleased to meet Neil Blower, a veteran, who suffers from PTSD. He has started a degree in Creative Writing and has written a book Shell Shock: the diary of Tommy Atkins. It is a novel, but draws on his own experience.

He was recently interviewed on BBC Newsbeat, see the video clip (3 mins)

He has a book signing at the Imperial War Museum, Trafford Park on Saturday 1st October, for details click here .

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