Pamela Chan, BCFamily.ca/Editorial
A newly published study suggests that almost one in 10 civilians meets the criteria
for PTSD at some point in his or her lifetime. (CBC )
There’s a good chance that you know someone who has been affected by PTSD within your circle of family members, friends, colleagues, old school chums, neighbours and members of our community. We probably also know people who were affected from recent or previous wars and military operations – such as the world wars or tours of duty in Korea or Vietnam – but they were never properly diagnosed. Her Wearables is a Vancouver-based jewellery business that donates money to the Wounded Warriors organization. Wounded Warriors supports service men and women who return from tours of duty with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
1 in 10 Canadians experience PTSD – some are Veterans while others are not.
Every now and then I share PTSD information on the BCFamily Facebook page because a member of my extended family has been speaking eloquently about the challenges he faces with PTSD in the Canadian press.
Sharing information and increasing awareness about topics such as PTSD is something that we can all do. I challenge the trending notion about slacktivism that suggests sharing information on social media is not going to make a difference. This type of action absolutely IS going to make a difference. If we can know more about PTSD; how it affects people; the different root causes; treatment options that people are accessing; and, understand the role of a service dog, that does help. The way that we are sharing information and talking about it might not be exactly how others understand or share the same information, but everyone’s heart is in the right place.
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It’s heartening to see companies like Her Wearables. It was founded by Kelsie Sheren, who is a Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. The jewellery is beautiful, created with insight and care and is thought provoking. In particular I like the bracelet with the Hamsa Hand. To learn more about Her Wearables, here is a recent piece that was shared online or you can visit the Her Wearables web page and Facebook page.
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The following video contains footage that depict how a veteran relives an experience because of PTSD. If you’re looking for a video to share – this one, created in the United Kingdom, is a good place to start: