Supporter Spotlight - Dean
We’re so grateful to each and every one of our supporters, but for the last year, Dean has been going above and beyond to support PTSD UK and raise awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with his monthly challenges – and we’re SO incredibly proud of him!!!
On the Shale Trail, Dean completed 15.95 miles in 3hrs 26min 20sec! AMAZING!!!! AND the FKT has been approved so Dean is officially now a double record holder which he says ‘makes the pain and struggles all worthwhile!’
Whilst Dean has been doing his challenge and training, he’s raised a huge amount of awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and PTSD UK – even wearing our merchandise has helped others! “When I finished yesterday’s run a gentleman stopped me for a chat after seeing my hat. He asked how long I’d been suffering with PTSD and said he’d been suffering since leaving the forces. I replied…
‘I’ve had struggles for many years but I was diagnosed with PTSD last year. I prefer to think of it that I’m surviving not suffering. You are too’
I hope it’s given him a new way of looking at things but if nothing else it left him with a huge smile on his face which wasn’t there when he first spoke to me. The power of positive thinking?”
He also was able to get support from others too when he needed it, “Something I hadn’t considered since starting supporting @ptsd_uk is wearing one of these buffs or my beanie hat isn’t just raising awareness that PTSD exists, the also highlight to people that don’t know you that you have it.
Two amazing ladies recognised I was having an anxiety attack while running in the local forestry this morning and saw I was wearing the buff. They walked me back to my car and stayed with me until I was calm enough to drive home ❤️
I can’t stress enough the importance of “it’s ok to say you’re not ok”
If Dean has inspired you to support PTSD UK with some challenges too, you can find out more and sign up here for events like the Great North Run, London to Brighton cycle and much more!
PLUS you can get our doggo involved with our Wagathon in August!
or if you’d like to support us with something less physical, just pick your own challenge with the 22 in 22!
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Treatments for PTSD
It is possible for PTSD to be successfully treated many years after the traumatic event occurred, which means it is never too late to seek help. For some, the first step may be watchful waiting, then exploring therapeutic options such as individual or group therapy – but the main treatment options in the UK are psychological treatments such as Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprogramming (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Traumatic events can be very difficult to come to terms with, but confronting and understanding your feelings and seeking professional help is often the only way of effectively treating PTSD. You can find out more in the links below, or here.