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3rd National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day

10/10/10 at Kings Park, Canberra

PTSD Awareness Day 2010 Poster(near the Carillon)

11am – 3pm

Hundreds of people are expected to gather at Canberra’s King’s Park, near the Carillon, on Sunday, 10/10/10, for the 3rd National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day.

Picking Up the Peaces has designed this day to give hope to the 1.4 million Australians suffering this debilitating anxiety disorder.

It’s a day designed to provide information that will help families and workmates understand how they – and those suffering – can cope with the changes PTSD brings.

The ACT and Australian Governments are supporting Picking Up The Peaces – a Canberra-based community group with a national focus – to raise awareness so that those affected can be diagnosed and treated before their lives and the lives of their loved ones are ruined.

PTSD is an anxiety disorder which can develop as a result of experiencing a traumatic event. About 25% of people who are exposed to traumas such as a serious accident, physical or sexual assault, war or torture, or a natural disaster such as a bushfire or a flood, develop PTSD.

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures on mental illness indicate that 6.3% of all Australians suffer from PTSD – 50% more than suffer from the well-known effects of depression.

Unfortunately, many people with PTSD remain undiagnosed or fail to seek treatment due to the stigma attached to the illness. And even when they do seek help, they may be confronted by a lack of community and professional awareness and understanding.

Among those at risk of contracting PTSD are Emergency Service, Police and Defence Force personnel as a result of the nature of their work – the very people who put their lives on the line to protect our community.

Treatments are available and the sooner they are applied, the more benefits they can provide. Early intervention is a key factor in healing strategies.

The 2010 PTSD Awareness Day program includes:

  • talks about PTSD from key figures in the field
  • the bridge to bridge walk around Lake Burley Griffin
  • Picking Up the Peaces showbags and resources
  • BBQ/Beverages
  • face painting for the kids
  • community groups showcasing their services at information stalls
  • a display of Emergency Services & Defence vehicles
  • people available who can answer questions about PTSD
  • information for individuals and families on where to go for help and support.

Please help raise awareness of this debilitating condition… and join in the fun.

3rd National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day

11am – 3pm on 10/10/10 at Kings Park, Canberra (beside Lake Burley Griffin, near the Carillon)

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2nd National PTSD Awareness Day 2009

PTSD Day walk

2009 PTSD Day walk, Canberra

2009 PTSD Day walk, Canberra


Picking Up The Peaces celebrated the 2nd National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day at Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra, on Saturday October 10th, to help stomp out the stigma of PTSD.

Below is the agenda. There’s a brief awareness day report here.

The committee is currently evaluating the event and drawing up a template for future PTSD awareness days. If you have anything to contribute, please contact us at info@pickingupthepeaces.org.au

National PTSD Awareness Day was officially declared and supported by the Federal and ACT Governments in 2008, after a campaign by Picking Up The Peaces. It has now been cemented into the National Mental Health Week program.

Our first PTSD Awareness Day walk attracted more than 500 walkers, and was opened by the ACT Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, and the Australian Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Alan Griffin. That number doubled in 2009.

Poster for the 2009 PTSD Awareness Day

Poster for the 2009 PTSD Awareness Day

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