Picking Up The Peaces

PTSD Education and Awareness


Some of the coverage awarded to PTSD and the Awareness Campaign by media outlets is listed below.

Click here to access PUTP Media releases.

PUTP trekkers after walking the Kokoda Trail for PTSD in 2008

PUTP trekkers after walking the Kokoda Trail for PTSD in 2008

PUTP treks Kokoda

The Age:

Vietnam Veterans Federation:

Davidson Trahaire Corpsych:

Normie Rowe on PTSD
Normie Rowe, voted Australia’s first “King of Popular Music” in the 1960s, was called up for National Service and  served as a crew commander with the 3rd Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam in 1969. He received  the Advance Australia Award for services to Vietnam veterans,  and is a Member in The Order of Australia (AM). His latest musical release is ‘Missing in Action‘, a real and symbolic story of a Vietnam veteran who lost his way in the fogs of war-caused PTSD.

James Blunt’s PTSD song

Recently James Blunt told ‘Picking Up the Peaces’ that his song ‘Cry’ was written about PTSD. Prior to embarking on a career in music, James was an officer in the Life Guards, a reconnaissance regiment of the British Army, and served under NATO in Kosovo during the conflict in 1999. Here’s a snippet of his lyrics…

“I have seen peace. I have seen pain,
Resting on the shoulders of your name.
Do you see the world through troubled eyes?
And if you want to talk about it anymore,
Lie here on the floor and cry on my shoulder,
I’m a friend.”

ABC radio interview with PUTP

Kate and Tobi from Picking Up The Peaces for PTSD appeared on ABC Radio National’s Life Matters program on 4 March 2008. You can listen to the recording by clicking here:

Current contact details: info@pickingupthepeaces.org.au

Related Interviews

Reliving trauma could ward off PTSD

News and analysis on Post Traumatic Stress and the military

Beyond the Call

Post-traumatic stress disorder in firefighters

Suicide prevention

Depression in the workplace

Vietnam Voices

4 Corners & The Age – The War Within

An investigation into PTSD relating to Australian Defence Force involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, and its effect on families. Video replays and transcript.

PTSD Worldwide News

Picking Up The Pieces

Vivien Thomson, Rural Firefighter

Who can forget that horrific day they call Black Saturday back in early February 2009, when the Victorian bushfires  destroyed so many lives, homes and properties?

And what about the people on the frontline, the firefighters – how are they faring six months down the track?

Vivien Thomson, a rural firefighter for over 23 years, is researching a book on the incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder in those who fight fires. This is an interview she did with ABC’s Life Matters program with Richard Aedy.

Vivien was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal in 2004 for distinguished service.

10 minutes

Video (2 MB) of PUTP on Kerri Anne TV Show.

Emergency Service Personnel Prone to PTSD.

Minister praises Picking Up the Peaces.

Professor Mark Creamer –
Battlefields to Bushfires

On 6 Oct 2009, Professor Mark Creamer, Director of the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Health, delivered the Alice Barber Lecture on “Psychological Recovery From Trauma – Battlefields to Bushfires”. In it, he discussed trauma from historical and psychological perspectives.

Two of the key points he makes are:

  1. People develop a broad range of mental health problems after trauma, not just PTSD; and
  2. Because there will be more disasters, we need to build capacity and understanding among primary care providers such as GPs and community health centres, and in the general community, to recognise and manage the early effects of trauma.

Click here to listen to the

Battlefields to Bushfires lecture ( approximately 50 minutes).

Support for PTSD – article in The Chronicle

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