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Heroes Are Human PTSD Tour

Posted by Bill van Asperen

HerosAreHumanPTSDTour (1).jpgThe Heroes Are Human Tour visits Charlottetown today.  The cross-country tour aims to raise awareness and end the stigma of post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.  

Vince Savoia is organizing the tour. He's a former Toronto paramedic who had his own experience with PTSD. We've reached Vince by phone in Yarmouth, where he held an event last night.
 
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John Macdonald's journey with PTSD

Posted by Bill van Asperen

JohnMacdonaldIMCBC.jpgOn Wednesday,  a cross-country tour to build awareness about posttraumatic stress disorder stops in Charlottetown. The "Heroes are Human" tour aims to educate people about the signs of PTSD and encourage people to get help. Anywhere between one in ten to one in four first responders face PTSD, according to a PEI psychologist.

This morning we hear from John MacDonald, who grew up in Rice Point and knows those horrors first hand. John struggles daily with triggers and flashbacks that pull him back to one horrible day. He shares his difficult journey with PTSD.
 
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Smiles for Chalyce - Darin and Kathleen Meek

Posted by Bill van Asperen

MeekFamily.jpgThere is help out there for teens going through depression and other mental illnesses. The parents of 17-year-old Chalyce Meek, who took her life a few years ago, are now raising money and awareness for the Kids Help Phone. They are hoping to help young people thru their darkest moments. Darin and Kathleen Meek join us in the studio.

The Smiles for Chalyce team has so far raised 24 thousand dollars for the kids help phone.

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