PTSD, Bill Blaikie, and This Site!

Why have I set up this website? During my journey to wellness and thirst for knowledge about PTSD, I was constantly on the lookout for more information. I found a lot of websites, books on PTSD and Trauma written by clinical professionals, however, not much written by sufferers like myself. I wanted something more, something special, a place I could go to find a ‘one stop shop’ for people like me suffering from PTSD.

 

Confucius tells us not just that we should let ourselves pick things up or let them down, but that we also should do everything we can to give help to those who need it.  This is what we mean by ‘If you give a rose, the scent will remain on your hands’.

Giving can bring more happiness than receiving.

 

My Aim – ‘Is to raise the awareness for those suffering from PTSD that you are not alone’.

My Objectives are to:

  • Increase the knowledge of PTSD among those with the illness,
  • Increase the awareness of PTSD for supporters of those suffering      the illness,
  • Introduce a trusted forum to communicate in a safe environment and      share experiences, and
  • Share the success stories of those who have overcome PTSD

This website is for PTSD sufferers of all walks of life whether you are from the Military, Police, Ambulance, or Fire Service or have suffered any form of trauma or abuse. We all have the similar symptoms and issues so I invite you to use this website as a place to read about others stories related to PTSD, tell your story, find research items and tell your family and friends they to are not alone. You can choose what and how you want to say your piece and decide if you want to remain anonymous – it’s up to you!

Disclaimer: This is not a professional medical service, if you require medical attention or if you just want to talk to a professional then contact your doctor/general practitioner, local or national mental health service.

 

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    • Gareth on November 8, 2016 at 11:28 pm
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    Hi,
    My name is Gareth Moloney, I am a registered Mental Health Occupational Therapists and Director of Flow Therapy, a service that delivers therapy, education and support for mental health in an accessible and supportive format. We combine engagement in physical activity with group and one on one sessions to build resilience, stress management and effective use of mindfulness,

    In August 2017 we will be hosting a program in Wanaka, New Zealand designed specifically for current and ex defence force personal and emergency service members who are at risk or currently suffering the affects of post traumatic stress disorder. As we are experienced mental health clinicians with experience in crisis and trauma we can provide support to participants who would normally find an overseas trip like this daunting and in some cases felt it was impossible due to the nature of their symptoms.

    The “Flow Powder” program will take participants skiing and I’m snowboarding at some of New Zealand’s premiere ski fields every morning, before returning to our private lodge for therapy sessions that focus on stabilization, by building participants understanding of their own mental health, learning to identify their own personal resources, build skills in mindfulness and resilience, and develop effective stress management techniques.

    The therapy component of our program is developed and delivered by Peter King, a mental health clinician with over 25 years experience working in the field of trauma alongside world experts. The Flow Powder Therapy program does not focus on experiences that may have negatively affected our participants mental health, but instead seeks to provide our participants with the tools to reclaim and maintain their mental health, and lead happy and successful personal and professional lives. Our approach draws on a large evidence base, using techniques that have been shown to be effective while delivering them in a format that moves away from more traditional methods that can be a barrier to engagement for some.

    I oversee the ski and snowboard component which offers the benefit of improved mental health through engaging in a meaningful leisure activity, while also providing participants an opportunity to apply the skills they learn each day in an environment that can mirror the challenges of everyday live with the support of our staff.

    If you would like any more information on Flow Therapy or our programs before choosing to pass on our information please feel free to call me on 0408270670 or email me gareth@progressot.com.au, I will be more than happy to provide you with anything you need.

    I have attached the link to the Facebook event page
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1715775692083094/?ti=icl
    please read the event info and if you think its something your members or friends might benefit from, pleas post it on your page for them to see or share it with them.

    Regards
    Gareth Moloney
    Occupational Therapist
    Flow Therapy

    • Beryl on November 24, 2017 at 8:19 am
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    Have just read your book Bill, wow it is a journey you have been on. Having PTSD myself I agree this needs to be talked about. Thanks for your & Nancy’s honest account

    1. Hi Beryl Thanks for your kind words. regards Bill and Nanc

    • Martin Dransfield on November 27, 2017 at 7:59 am
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    Thanks for having the courage to write your story Bill. I read it from cover to cover in one reading. Alongside John McCleod’s book I hope that this insight will be read by a wide audience. My lasting impression will be of the courage of Nancy and the importance of our loved ones.

  1. Hi Martin, thank you so much for your kind and reassuring words. Nancy and I thank you for your friendship and support over the years.

    • GRAEME POOLE on December 17, 2017 at 8:39 pm
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    MY NAME IS GRAEME POOLE RTD (SGT G P00LE ) 3RD AUCKLAND REGIMENT ( COUNTES OF RANFURLY OVER 20 YEARS SERVICE WITH THE TF , MEMBER OF THE POINT CHEVILER R.S. A. AUCKLAND. THANK YOU FOR BACK FROM THE BRING THAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN , ON PTDS I FOUND THE BOOK EASY TO READ , AND UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU WENT THROUGH , AND THE BACK UP YOU YOU DID NOT GET FROM OUR NZ SYSTEMS THERE TO HELP YOU , RECENTLY I ATTENDED VETERANS AFFAIR WORK SHOP TO LOOK AT 2014 LEGISALATION ON HOW WELL HAS THE SUPPORT ACT 2014 WORKING, HEARING FROM OTHER MEMBERS OF THE RSA , THAT THE SYSTEM WAS NOT THERE TO HELP OUR RETURNED SERVICE PERSONAL , IT CONFIRMED IN MY MIND THAT THERE WAS BIG GAPS IN THE SYSTEM THAT NEEDS A BIG TIDYING UP , ALL THE BEST TO YOU AND NANCY AND YOUR FAMILY GRAEME POOLE 0211272449

    • GRAEME POOLE on December 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm
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    BILL ALL THE BEST FOR FUTURE FOR YOU AND YOU YOUR FAMILY , THANKS FOR THE STORY FROM YOUR BOOK CALLED BACK FROM THE BRINK, VERY EASY TO READ AND UNDERSTAND GRAEME POOLE

    • jeffrey farmer on March 5, 2018 at 7:44 am
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    hi
    my name is jeffrey
    im a corrections officer that has been diagnosed with ptsd due to the amount of incidents ive had at work and a life threating one in 2009at work .( been a corrections officer 14 years )
    they are finding more and more officers are coming down with this disorder but wont admit
    it. Ive had know help from my union except to sit in once on the way they were going to address the situation. or corrections except to get 2 times a month counciling im still hypersensitive and still find it hard to get motivated and still have flash backs and times i just wake up tired and depressed.

    i need help

    1. Hi Mate

      Firstly sorry to here you are having a hard time of it lately. Thanks for your message. Just a some quick questions. Has your PTSD formally been diagnosed? If so have Corrections forwarded your case to ACC? Are you on any meds? If you want we can chat off line by emailing me at bill@billblaikie.nz.

      Look forward to hearing from you soon.

      Cheers Bill

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