Raising National Awareness for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Our Motto, "early detection, early intervention, look out for your mates " Please forward this cause on and help stomp out the Stigma

Picking Up The Peaces is a local Canberra organisation committed to raising National Awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

We aim to encourage people to recognise the signs and symptoms either in themselves or in their loved ones and to seek treatment early.

There is now a National PTSD Day… a day when people around the nation can be made aware of post traumatic stress disorder, and a day when those suffering can start healing their lives.

Picking Up The Peaces achieved one of its major aims when ACT Minister for Police and Emergency Services Simon Corbell cut the ribbon and set more than 500 people walking around Lake Burley Griffin to celebrate the inaugural National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day on October 11, 2008.

With an official Day now on the calendar the day after World Mental Health Day and incorporated within the annual Mental Health Week, PTSD has been set firmly in the public consciousness.

Federal Veterans’ Affairs Minister Alan Griffin and Mr Corbell both told the crowd that PTSD can severely impact on a person’s quality of life and on the lives of family and friends. They both hoped that through events like this, the stigma associated with PTSD could be lessened, and those who are suffering will be encouraged to seek assistance.

PTSD symptoms can develop after someone is exposed to an extremely traumatic event such as war, torture, rape, child sexual or physical assault, kidnapping, natural disaster, car accidents, or being diagnosed with a serious illness.

“Many emergency service personnel who are exposed to traumatic events can be prone to PTSD,” Mr Corbell said.

“If untreated, PTSD symptoms can severely impact on quality of life due to memory deficit, suicidal actions, fatigue and social phobia.”

1. PTSD affects people from all walks of life.

2. Sadly some of those are the very people who protect you, me, our community and our country.

3. Lives are torn apart - Marriages wrecked and in some cases, people are driven to suicide as a way of stopping the pain. Help us help others

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