10 great unsung heroes from the Portsmouth area and their amazing stories – BRAVO All Call Signs

Published: 06:00 Monday 30 December 2019 https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/people/10-great-unsung-heroes-from-the-portsmouth-area-and-their-amazing-stories-1-9185872?fbclid=IwAR2kpX1Wu-6X-W7PM8ZSK2qVNNE1J-fYz89fNJRx6NSodcNKJYmnuoLPyAo Today The News celebrates our unsung heroes who have improved the lives of those in our area or shown excellence in their field. They have all been given one of The News’ New Year Honours for 2019 – here are one of the hero groups… ALL CALL SIGNS – Daniel Arnold and…

Shelter Dogs Help Veterans Heal Trauma of War

29 Dec 2019 The Orlando Sentinel | By Kate Santich Photo: Sarah Birman, an instructor at Canine Companions for Independence, trains a future service dog in Santa Rosa, Calif. (COURTESY OF CANINE COMPANIONS) https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/12/29/shelter-dogs-help-veterans-heal-trauma-war.html At 13 pounds, Sandy may not look like your stereotypical service dog. The Shih Tzu-yorkie mix, found abandoned in an alley,…

USA – BEYOND LOCAL: Would you ever consider psychedelics to treat PTSD?

https://www.newmarkettoday.ca/local-news/beyond-local-would-you-ever-consider-psychedelics-to-treat-ptsd-1978390 Research over the last decade has shown MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to be effective in treating PTSD from military combat, sexual assault and childhood abuse Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition, triggered by experiencing or witnessing a terrifying or threatening event. Symptoms can include re-experiencing the trauma, avoidance, nightmares and severe anxiety. Living…

UK – Call for Government workplan to tackle rising suicide rates in Yorkshire

By Ruby Kitchen Published: 06:00 Monday 30 December 2019 https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/people/call-for-government-workplan-to-tackle-rising-suicide-rates-in-yorkshire-1-10165254 A comprehensive Government workplan is needed to support men most at risk of suicide, the Samaritans has warned, amid rising rates in Yorkshire at a level not seen since records began. Last year saw a 25 per cent increase in the number of suicides in…

PA, USA – Horses help vets, first responders take reins against PTSD

By MARI A. SCHAEFER, The Philadelphia Inquirer The Associated Press December 28, 2019 01:18 PM https://www.sacbee.com/news/article238700063.html Photo: This Oct. 17, 2019 photo, Dale Pitcher leads Ruby the horse back to the barn with instructor Alexis Daly, right, at Shamrock Reins in Pipersville, Pa. Shamrock Reins offers equine therapy for veterans including Pitcher. The Philadelphia Inquirer…

‘It’s amazing what happens here’ — Nonprofit saves dogs from being euthanized and trains them to help veterans heal

Katie Santich, Orlando Sentinel December 28, 2019 at 11:33 AM https://taskandpurpose.com/k9-partners-for-patriots Photo: An Airman with the 168th Wing visits with Kansas, the wing’s therapy dog July 22, 2019, at Eielson Air Force Base. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Shannon Chace At 13 pounds, Sandy may not look like your stereotypical service dog.…

IL, USA – Art as therapy for Veterans

Kaitlin Pearson 28/12/12019 https://week.com/2019/12/28/art-as-therapy-for-veterans/ Self expression has long been regarded as a form of therapy, but for service members experiencing PTSD it can be life changing. That’s the philopshy behind 22 VA or 22 Veterans Art. It was founded by Michael Ragan who reminds people that 22 Veterans take their own lives every day. Ragan…

As a veteran with PTSD, cannabis helps me fight for myself in ways other treatments fail to

Society’s current approach is to treat the symptoms, not the patient. Healing the entire person takes a whole lot more than that Adam Smith 28/12/2019 https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/cannabis-ptsd-treatment-cbd-mental-health-us-army-a9258241.html Post-traumatic stress is not permanent. I know that statement probably makes a lot of people uncomfortable, with arguments of “you don’t know me or what I’ve been through” often…

D-Day veteran, 94, who moved UK to tears to be made MBE over selfless acts

By Amber Hicks 22:30, 27 DEC 2019 https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/d-day-veteran-94-who-21172856 Harry Billinge, from St Austell, Cornwall, says he is “overwhelmed” to receive the New Year’s Honour – but doesn’t believe he ‘deserves it’ A D-Day veteran who has raised more than £10,000 towards the cost of building a national memorial honouring his fallen comrades is to be…