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…

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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…

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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…

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‘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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Study Maps Early Development of PTSD

By Traci Pedersen Associate News Editor Last updated: 27 Dec 2019 https://psychcentral.com/news/2019/12/27/study-maps-early-development-of-ptsd/152566.html Many people who experience trauma will recover without any severe long-term consequences. However, around 23% of trauma survivors will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a difficult-to-treat illness that combines intrusive thoughts about the trauma, avoidance of reminders of it, low mood and an…

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USA – Program to prevent suicide among service members, veterans and families

By News Staff |  Posted: Fri 2:29 PM, Dec 27, 2019  |  Updated: Fri 5:48 PM, Dec 27, 2019 https://www.cbs19news.com/content/news/New-Program-to-Help-Prevent-Suicide-Among-Service-Members-Veterans-and-Families-566517171.html RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) — The University of Virginia Medical Center is participating in Governor Ralph Northam’s new pilot program that he announced on Friday to help with suicide prevention and close the gaps in access…

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