It has been decided throughout PTSD Awareness Month to give as much information as possible and through months of research that there was not much information in the UK or videos on You Tube and this is very telling in itself…………………why not?
VIA have found this to be a great learning and something that we need to change, so to that end once we have got the moth over with we will get as much information on our new website as possible on how PTSD not only effects the veteran but the family and friends also.
As this is a weekend where people have more time we are using links to short films or documentaries which will show how PTSD although a new name from the 1980’s it’s previously used names from the past show that the illness has been there for millennia under several different guises and hopefully the videos used during Saturday and Sunday will demonstrate that.
The aim of PTSD Awareness Month is to educate and raise awareness of this terrible debilitating illness which is growing all the time. It is easy to do nothing but that is not the VIA way, we will challenge where we can and ask the difficult questions that people don’t want to answer.
Post Traumatic Combat Stress ( Full HBO documentary)
A hard hitting film about PTSD Viewer Discretion (GRAPHIC CONTENT)
VIA are now running an Appeal called ‘Pledge a Pound – Save a Life‘ with the idea of getting many people to donate a little as opposed to a few donating a lot. This way we spread Awareness. VIA will also be sending out PTSD Awareness pin badges and PTSD Awareness Wristbands that are made by the veterans we help.
Again the idea is that we ask people to contact us and to ask for a minimum of 10 badges or bands and they sell them in their local area, this way the word spreads far wider than we could possibly do ourselves so we need as many people to contact us as possible.
Please contact Duncan Crockett, firstname.lastname@example.org to order. Of course we can send them in smaller numbers as well but prices need to be a little higher due to cost of items and postage.
- email Duncan with number of items you want
- email him your address and phone number
- send NO money we are basing this on trust
- we send items
- you sell them
- then send money raised
It can’t be simpler than that to make a difference.
So what can you do?
If you are part of a club, team or work force get them involved, do something to make a difference to a veteran who suffers.
If you are a school teacher or headmaster then ask if the school can have a non-uniform day.
- Ask your company to have a non-uniform day
- Ask your club to have a fundraiser
- Donate the cost of a coffee or pint
- Have a pub quiz
There are 1,000’s of ways you can make a difference, make October special and support VIA’s initiative to have the first PTSD Awareness Month.
To all those who have served or have been affected by a family member who has served we all know someone who suffers this our chance to help for not much effort it is far easier than throwing ice cold water over our heads, all we have to do is stand tall, wear a badge and be PTSD AWARE!!!!
We are PTSD AWARE, R U?