It’s not that the person is refusing to let go of the past, its that the past is refusing to let go of the person. – PTSDUK.org
Post-traumatic stress disorder or ‘PTSD’ is estimated to affect 1 in 3 people who have undergone or experienced a severely traumatic event.
Recent studies prove that for serving Army personnel and military veterans, PTSD has increased in the last 10 years. The main probable causes being the delayed onset of the illness, and the loss of support when leaving the army.
In 1997, I served in a London-based regiment of the British army. I can call myself one of the lucky ones not to be reliving the psychological horrors that lay claim to so many other ex-militaries. However, for my fellow squadron member, Chris Harvey, PTSD continues to be an uphill struggle.There is a proven link between alcoholism, addiction, and ex-service personnel, and it can be argued that PTSD can be connected to alcoholism too so when I found out what Chris was doing I felt compelled to share with you as this is what Citrus is all about. Help those in recovery in every way we can.
Chris understands just how crucial it is for those dealing with the illness to have different forms of support, ranging from CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to self-help rituals,which is why in late 2018 he began setting Service SUPport in motion.The charity provides free stand up paddle board sessions to emergency services, armed forces (serving and previously served) and others with a view to helping with their self-esteem, PTSD and general well-being.
Joining a group where members have similar symptoms can be useful for improving one’s mental health. The first paddle boarding sessions began this February – check out the charity’s Instagram @servicesupport19 for pictures.
So far this year, Chris has held 10 sessions with the EEAS (East of England Ambulance Service) and has current plans for sessions with London Fire Brigade, Blind Veterans, Essex Police. He hassoaring hopes for Service SUPport but for 2019, to“make people smile” is at the very top of the list. He appreciates that those working within the emergency services and the armed forces have some of the most stressful jobs in the country and he wants more than anything to give a bit back.
In 2020, Chris aims to roll out this scheme to a much wider group, includingex-offenders, recovering drug and alcohol addicts and those on the periphery of society. He also intends to develop into 2 fully functional centers that can offer work-based opportunities for those who are looking for a new lease of life or a community to thrive in.
If you would like to find out more about Service SUPport and how you can get involved, please contact Chris on Chris.Harvey@msamlin.com. You can also check in with the charity on Instagram by following @servicesupport19.
Chris and I share not only the same extensive military background but also an intrinsic compassion and understanding of people who are going through mental health issues caused by traumatic experiences. Creating opportunities for ex-offenders and those recovering from addiction is at the heart of Citrus Ornge as a business. We aim to achieve this through several work experience and mentoring initiatives with local community partners in Brighton and Hove.
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