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ANZAC DAY 2020 – For the Veterans
And the families who love them For me personally Anzac Day brings up a lot of memories of my father Major Bradley Richards who sadly passed four years ago this May. His years of service brought many incredible memories, some he would share, many he wouldn't, it also brought up a lot of difficult feelings that at times I saw him struggle with. I am sharing this updated post one year on but in such different circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of traditional Anzac Day services for the first time since World War II but it is...
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5 Things to Work on if you Love Someone With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Recovery is Possible   Following on from my recent article on Veterans and First Responders with PTSD, below are 5 things that can be helpful to work on if you love one of the brave souls trying to find their way through this difficult condition. Recovery is possible and people do get well and go on to live meaningful and purposeful lives. Learning how to support someone with PTSD is a journey of its own that can involve a steep learning curve and some personal growth. One mother told me of her journey supporting her veteran son, “I never knew...
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Redefining Heroism – Veterans and First Responders with PTSD
Thoughts from the Frontline of Treatment In recent years I have worked with a number of veterans and first responders whose lives have been all but crippled by PTSD, and whose recovery journeys have touched me so deeply that it is difficult to put into words the sense of privilege I experience in working with these people. These are people who have made immense emotional, psychological and physical sacrifices in service of rescuing and protecting their fellow citizens, but who rarely see it that way. In the aftermath of those sacrifices, these incredible people live with a permanent sense of...
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