RAISE – PTSD Awareness


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ptsd1On behalf of everyone here at TWC, we want to thank you for your support of PTSD Awareness and Bill M203. Our first responders need this cause to be front and center in order for changes to happen.

Together We Can – Addiction Recovery & Education Society is very proud of TWC Alumni and former BC first responder Terrance Joseph Kosikar for his commitment to raising awareness for those who suffer with PTSD and addictions.

Terrance set out to create awareness around the tragic results of untreated PTSD by flipping a 400 pound tractor tire several kilometres around Stanley Park while shackled in over 50 pounds of solid steel chain on two different occasions. Terrance and everyone involved hope to honour the memory of Nodar Kumaritashvilli and the over 100 Canadian First Responders who have passed away due to suicide over the last two years.

PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is still an issue that is constantly being swept under the proverbial rug due to ignorance and lack of understanding. Many first responders are under the impression that they should silently suffer, sometimes for years and decades, with the brutal and horrific symptoms they experience.

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Together We Can offers state of the art PTSD therapies for our clients, many of which are military veterans and first responders such as Terrance. When coupled with substance abuse issues, PTSD can cause a complex array of complications for those seeking relief from the emotional and spiritual bankruptcy. It is truly heart-warming and inspirational to witness PTSD survivors such as Terrance spreading awareness around PTSD and motivating people to become informed. People who witness traumatic events on a regular basis are exposed to terrifying experiences.

The old school mentality of “pulling your socks up and brushing off” the memories and feelings created from these situations is outdated, to say the least. All of those who joined us on Saturday, August 20th to witness Terrance’s passion and fortitude were left feeling inspired and more educated on the devastating effects of PTSD. Let’s help those suffering with PTSD, addiction and mental illness find the help they need!

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