Shining light on PTSD

It’s a hidden illness –debilitating, painful and all consuming but so often sufferers of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are left to fight their battles alone.
Nanjing Night Net

A baton motorbike ride is among a growing list of events designed to raise the awareness and public profile of the disease and more importantly save lives.

Mates Dean Marks and John Curran founded Shepherds Australia in recent years. They have both lived with PTSD for decades and wanted to help others also battling.

Riders will drive across Victoria passing a hand-made baton made by the NSW Richmond RSL to other riders next week.

“The baton holds great significance as it demonstrates the need to “share the burden” as you would in a relay race,” Mr Marks said.

“You cannot win a relay alone, we must be willing to “share the burden” and each do our bit.”

Mr Curran has lived with PTSD for decades.

The former security officer said many workers in high-stress jobs, including nurses and tow truck drivers, often suffered PTSD unnoticed.

“Both of us have had friends who have committed suicide,” Mr Curran said.

“In my earlier years, alcohol played a major part in my life. I used it as a tool.”

He hasn’t had a drink in 32 years and says he recognition that he was drinking too much allowed him to properly address his PTSD.

“I’ve had to deal with the demons within. There is a heightened sense of awareness all the time, sleep patterns interrupted, you have to live with it on your mind,” Mr Curran said.

“My life–even on the outside looked very successful–in the inside I was often depressed, angry at life, angry at myself.

“I had a young family. I was going through a whole lot of lifestyle changes. I had to look at me andwhat was causing me the problems.”

Mr Curran said the ride brought people, with a common interest, together.

He said itwas often during these social activities that the pain people were experiencing came out. The ride will come through Ballarat on February 17. All funds raised will be donated toWhiskey’s Wish, a not for profit that trains specialist assistance dogs to help those with PTSD. For more:梧桐夜网

RIDING TO SURVIVE: Dean Marks holds the baton that will be passed from rider to rider to raise awareness for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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