Words of Gratitude for “You Are Not Alone” video

Don Romanik: Heartfelt thanks and admiration to all the members involved in this video……in memory of a great friend to so many people Kenny B.

Maxine Plesiuk: You should all be so very proud of yourselves for being a part of this video. Kenny B is the angel on your shoulders. Stay strong smile emoticon

Chuck Congram: Thanks to all of you for stepping forward courageously doing what is essential to acknowledge the “elephant in the room” and to serve and save others. As a law enforcement chaplain I regularly see the need. Well done!!

Darcy Kathryn: Thank you for this. My dad was a member of the RCMP (1969–1981); a volunteer fireman for 22+ years (10 as Deputy Chief); 20+ member of BC Ambulance (3,000+ calls tallied), and co-founder and Director of the Bulkley Valley Critical Incident Stress Society.

Kerri Tillett: I am humbled by the strength of these people coming forward to share their stories. I’m not certain I could be so brave.

Kerri Tillett: You are a strong beautiful woman Annabelle Dionne It is so wonderful you shared your story and to know I am not alone.

Joanne A Sinclair: I just wanted to come back and say, once you understand you have PTSD it then becomes easier to deal with it and live a full life. No one needs to be alone; although it isn’t hard to isolate oneself. It can be beaten successfully; continue to reach out. I applaud everyone in this video as you are saving lives with it.

Gary Delaronde Heard about the video on the news this morning and watched it on youtube. Kudos for the people that participated in the making of the video. Ptsd is real, and you are not alone.

Vanessa Makovee: Cyr: So powerful…..thank you! We are not alone…..

Danielle Collin: Wow, this is what courage looks like. I hope it inspires conversation. Thank you!

Krista Carle: Really well done guys n gals so proud of you

Justin Smith: Lori Wilson…our true Mental Health Champion

Bethany Gillies: Lori Wilson is truly an Angel smile emoticon

Janet Wiszowaty: Thank you for being brave in sharing your stories bringing awareness. I am a retired C/M (dispatcher) and was diagnosed with cumulative PTSD in 2003 when I sought professional help for what I thought was trauma from a Motor Vehicle accident. No one was talking about PTSD in relationship to our jobs then. I am grateful to my psychologist/family and friends for my journey to wellness. Awareness, allows for someone to seek treatment after the fact and education and tools work to prevent the severity of PTSD.

Tamara Oh Em Gee: So proud of everyone who spoke up, demonstrating how PTSD can impact all different ranks and regions. You are not alone.

Kelly Meikle: I always hoped that the RCMP would be more receptive to members spouses. After many years of working as a civilian with the RCMP I was fortunate to have access to people within the organization who would listen when it became obvious my husband the member was suffering from PTSD. Not many spouses have that access to this day. While members are struggling, the family is trying to deal with something they don’t understand. They try to call and ask for help, but usually they are not heard. When a spouse calls, listen, they are the ones trying to save a life! Thank you to Rtd. Insp. Maria Van Veld Nickel when she was posted as the Health Officer “E” division, you saved a life and a marriage!

Deka Idsinga: Wow. Very very brave! Thank you for being willing to say/do this!!! I hope many will take courage from this! It’s difficult to acknowledge/admit PTSD, but what a difference when your can!

Rach Elle: Bravo, and thank you for making this. I really like how Lloyd said that CMs can get PTSD, too. I’m a CM on medical leave, was working at the forensic laboratory prior to my leave. While I did not see the crime scene, nor hear the 911 calls, I handled the crime scene evidence including weapons and clothing. It is an extremely graphic job. Nobody talked about PTSD. Nobody even mentioned how to decompress from the work. I was shocked after I started working there when I found out there was no mental health screening or resources beyond EAP. I was simply told that we were to remain unbiased and scientific, not to get emotionally involved. That’s what gave me the strength to power through the work on my last and final case. PTSD came down hard on me. I’ve been on leave for over a year, and have recently accepted my medical team’s opinion that I cannot go back to that same job. I isolate a lot, and I know I’m not alone, though I *feel* alone often. I don’t quite fit in my live support group: nobody there did police work. And I don’t quite fit in here: I’m not a police officer. So it was good to see some CMs in the video: thank you!

Monique Ninassi :Thank you to those who shared their stories and came forward. PTSD is real and yes you are not alone!

Stella Jane Kenny: will always be an angel to shine a light of enlightenment about PTSD. Bless his family and all of us who were privileged to know him and work to respond where help is needed.

Rebecca DuChampagne: You are not alone. While I cannot relate (because I wasn’t the person who could do your jobs in the first place) you should know that many, (MANY!) good civilian people stand beside you offering you their strength and support. Thank you for your service and for looking after all of us.

Debra Dolhun: Thank you to the members who participated in this video. I hope it is shared far and wide. RIP Ken. You likely don’t remember me, but I remember you from our early years in D div.

Deanna Hagen: Thank you everyone for you very kind words! They have brought me to tears……. speaking for myself only of couse, we are no one “special” only people who want to make a difference to others….. if it helps even one person, then it was worth it! !!!! The real thanks belongs to those behind the scenes who made this happen AND ESPECIALLY those who share this message and get the word out there to those who need it!!! YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!!!

Lynn Campbell :Heroes all of you. Keep safe.

Warren W. Thomas: WOW These are the bravest and strongest people I have ever listened too. When I was a child my Super Heroes wore a Mask and a Cape. Now my Super Heroes ware a Badge and a Uniform. God Bless you and your colleges.

Phyllis Campbel:l Amazing courage…..saying it as it should be said!!! You were all truly amazing!!!

Nancy Joyce: Thank you

Justin Smith: Thank you for putting this together Lori! And thank you to you and your admins for keeping all of the social media platforms running!

Annabelle Dionne:  Yes I was dying inside… But PTSD did not get all of me and the deepest side of my soul always remained alive… I worked hard to find purpose again. But one day at the time the puzzle of my life made sense again and I am glad and relieved to say that I am making a comeback. The struggle is real and I never wished that on my worst enemy! But with hard work and the right support the fight is possible. Just never give up on yourself until you are proud again.

Carol Grant: That describes it well, dying inside…letting go of little pieces of oneself a little at a time, then you realize that there are not many pieces left.

Al Jasper:  Annabelle thank you for sharing! Very inspirational! Trevor Dee To say I’m proud of you Paul, would be an understatement. Keep strong brother, I got your back.

Rae-Lynne Dicks: Kudos to each of you for stepping up and speaking out…and an extra KUDO to each of the dispatchers…I know first hand how difficult it is in our profession… If you are ever in need of support I am right here for you.

Trevor Dee: To say I’m proud of you Paul, would be an understatement. Keep strong brother, I got your back

Judi Watt: …me too proud of you Paul! The more people who tell their stories will eventually help everyone! way to go!

Duane Leon: Former Auxiliary member, I have PTSD.

Carrielouise brewer: Respect to you all. I have PTSD, and thank you for sharing your stories.

Anne Douglas: Thank you for stepping forward… Mental Health are not dirty words. Addictions and Community Support Worker in training. J

Erickson Coaching International: Thank you for being brave and raising awareness about PTSD.

Paul Simourd: You are the people who run towards what the rest of us are running away from, you are the courageous. We owe you our thanks for the sacrifices you make, for the pain you endure with each tragedy you witness. Anyone who has, even once, seen close up, a grizzly accident scene knows how it affects you, and how it sticks with you. To face that and more year after year is for me unimaginable.

We owe you our support, we count on you being there for us in our darkest and most frightening moments, you should be able to count on us being there for you. Thank you, you who served honourably, courageously, you have our deepest respect and gratitude. Be at ease now. You are not alone.

Andrew OHara: PTSD is a deadly mental health issue–thanks for sharing this.  Police officers should be going in for an annual, voluntary mental health check with a therapist of their choice to keep up with the stresses of this toxic career field–it can be a matter of life and death.

Nancy Norris: Thank you for this video. My father too has PTSD. He is 83 and in the last year admitted himself to hospital. It is awful knowing that sad things play in his mind but we are SO proud of all he has done in his lengthy career. Thank you for sharing let’s keep the message going……

“You Are Not Alone” Families of the RCMP for PTSD Awareness

“You Are Not Alone” 9 current and retired RCMP members speak openly about PTSD. This video was produced in the hopes of reaching new members who may not know the effects of PTSD, those who may be in the initial stages and do not understand what is happening to them or senior members who have been suffering in silence for years. This video is a message of hope to them so they will be able to step forward knowing they “Are Not Alone”.

PTSD a Story of Hope

I am a regular member still attempting to return to active duty after being diagnosed with PTSD. I wanted to share my story in the hope that it may help others in some small way. In 2007 while attending a call, I was t-boned by a semi truck travelling at highway speeds. Afterwards I suffered nightmares and anxiety attacks, but I felt that to admit any difficulties would be to admit that I couldn’t do this job. In 2012 I was again hit by a driver running a red light. The other vehicle pushed my patrol car sideways up onto a side walk nearly injuring or killing several pedestrians. I felt helpless because I could not control the vehicle careening towards innocent people and felt guilty because I had not avoided the collision in the first place. I became ‘stuck’ in that single instant where I’m heading directly for the pedestrians and unable to alter my trajectory. Every thought, every feeling, every fear, and every emotion from both collisions piled up with every fatal that I had ever attended, every lifeless body I had sat beside, and every victim I had ever tried to help; My mind and body shut down.
Since my diagnosis I have struggled with the belief that my trauma story was somehow insufficient and not worthy; that I shouldn’t be having the reactions that I have, because no one died. I am slowly coming to the realization that it is not the trauma itself that determines whether we develop PTSD but how our minds react to it, and how many previous traumas we have allowed to build up.
Several months ago I was asked to do something creative that represents my journey through PTSD therapy. I decided to create a video/slide show that represented my trauma and my journey to regain my sense of hope and joy. I want to share that video with you in the hopes that it may inspire others to create something (video, poem, drawing, painting etc) that represents their own journey. I did find it difficult to do but very uplifting when I finished. I have tried to keep the pictures fairly PG, but I do need to warn everyone that there are images of police work that some may find triggering.
Thank you everyone on this site who have been there for me.

Roz

PTSD a story of hope

Link to video above