Bill’s journey has finally culminated in 2017 with writing a book about his experiences with PTSD, treatments, and how his personal journey has impacted on his family. Take a peek…
Back From the Brink
PTSD: The Human Cost of Military Service
“Shall I shoot?”… “No don’t shoot”… I’m going to shoot”… “Don’t shoot”.
Rapid fire yelling within the confines of a vehicle stuck in the middle of stalled traffic, facing an unknown person wearing a full burqa peering into the car. Inches away from the driver’s face, a large hand pressed against the window. “We didn’t know if they were male or female or what was about to happen, but we were absolutely sure that if we shot this person, the crowd, including the armed policemen nearby, would turn on us and there’d be no escape.”
In 2004, Lieutenant Colonel William Blaikie shipped out to Afghanistan, to head up a team dedicated to rebuilding the country after the war. As part of the New Zealand Defence Force, his skills lay in intelligence and communications – his mission was to form a team, develop and implement plans to work with USA and Coalition partners to help get Afghanistan back on its feet. Bill experienced situations that were beyond tense, often facing life and death situations and decision making that required deep and quick thinking, based on not always having enough information at hand.
On his return home to New Zealand, his journey through coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder began, and the nightmares were not limited to sleep time. Everything has remained at life and death levels of intensity for Bill, and this book details how he and his wife Nancy have worked through suicide attempts, getting help, and finding answers to what is an epidemic level challenge for military personnel everywhere.
“No amount of training can prepare you for what happens in your head after the uniforms are off and the guns are packed away.” The above is the contents from the back cover of Bill Blaikie’s soon to be released book “Back from the Brink – PTSD: the human cost of military service” .
Get Bill to Speak at Your Event in 2018
Bill is an excellent choice to speak at your next event too, and if you’d like to engage him for anything you have coming up this November or December, or well into next year, the Kickstarter project enable you pre-book him for a very reduced rate too. Details of Bill as Speaker are HERE
Here’s what people are saying about Bill and his Book – Back from the Brink
Billl Blaikie’s book provides remarkable insight into the journey of those with PTSD. From the trigger events through the continuing struggles for treatment and recovery, the book takes an uncompromising look at the toll on Bill. The addition of his wife Nancy’s voice presents a unique view from another important angle.
This is an important book for those with PTSD and, perhaps more importantly, those who don’t suffer from the affliction. For that audience with PTSD, Nancy and Bill have captured the realities of the disorder that will be familiar. From Bill’s coping mechanisms to the frustration of battling with service providers, I expect much in Bill’s story will resonate. Nancy’s view may provide a new perspective for those with PTSD and their loved ones. For those outside the grip of PTSD, Bill’s book provides a rare view into the life of sufferers. Through his candid presentation, readers witness the spiral down to suicide, and the thought process behind it. The journey out of those depths is on-going, and the candor of Bill and Nancy of the struggles along the path is illuminating.
Since PTSD is not a disorder confined to combat, readers who experience other traumatic episodes may recognize the patterns of behavior that Bill and Nancy identify.
Kevin K. Frank, PhD, Captain, US Navy (Ret)
I experienced an incredible range of emotions while reading Back from the Brink. Through Bill and Nancy’s stories this book takes you not just inside their personal “war and Peace” but also the hearts and minds of thousands of service personnel and their families. I commend them both for this substantial contribution to a better understanding of PTSD.
Lt Col.Simon Ewing-Jarvie, PhD, (Ret)