Thank you for the supportive comments on yesterday’s blog. I did it as a former colleague contacted me as he realised that after over 20 years he was suffering from PTSD.
It was good to see the response and I was very pleased to hear that Scottish Mountain Rescue have ran several TRIM Courses to help the teams. Sadly it has taken so long but at least we have started and hopefully the professional Agencies, Police, Ambulance, Fire and other services are now at least aware but we have a long way to go?
I have had a few calls from pals asking how I am? I am fine but always a bit unsettled writing and speaking about PTSD and my life involved so many incidents but I was lucky I was surrounded by good people and that is huge.
As for mental illness I get so upset when people do not realise someone they care for is struggling !
We must not ignore the signs in all of us but ask the difficult questions to those we love! Everyone needs someone and that means even the toughest can succumb!
I have just been for a great walk along the wonderful local beach and just missed the Dolphins a free display. That is my way of coping and I enjoy the solitude of walking alone at times and yet company is great but I talk too much!
Now it’s time to watch the football today a thing I missed when I was out every weekend on the mountains with the RAF Mountain Rescue Team.
Have a good day and keep your eye on each other!
From a friend “There is a brilliant therapy called EMDR which I use with people with people with multiple trauma. It is exceptionally powerful at reducing the distress associated with traumatic experiences. The brain doesn’t process the trauma memories in the same way as other auto biological memories. It is this fragmentation which means the memories or feelings will pop in to either your mind or make you feel as though you reliving the event. EMDR helps create a cohesive memory of the event.”