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MEMBERS NEED ASSISTANCE

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a reaction to a traumatic event which has threatened the life or safety of oneself or others. Victoria Police Members are not immune and are in need of assistance. Join me in helping!

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My Story

I am a current serving member with Victoria Police and over the past few years I have observed friends and work colleagues leaving the job due to PTSD. Some have committed suicide whilst some are on a long waiting list of up to 18 months for PTSD treatment.

It not only effects them personally it also effects family and friends.

15 years ago I recall my first day walking into the Victoria Police Academy and hearing the words -

"Welcome, You are about to have a front row seat to the world, You will see and encounter everything first hand, You will deal with situations that no one would think could or should ever occur. You will have to make split decisions on the spot and have no time to think about it. You will just do it"

My campaign with the assistance of all key stake holders - The Blue Ribbon Foundation, The VIctoria Police Association, ESSSuper, Bank VIC and in conjunction with my triathlon club - Mornington Peninsula Triathlon Club is to raise awareness and funds to battle the Black dog.

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Dutchy's campaign is reaching members

Dutchy has made it to the cover of The Police Association Victoria's Journal magazine. Not surprising that people are getting interested because the cause is important!.

Read the full article by Peter Hanlon by clicking the link below:

Click here to read more

 

Winter 2017 Clothing

New for 2017 is our winter range. You can show support to our Protecting the protectors campaign with warmth in the new hoodie! There's also a long sleeved t-shirt and an all weather jacket.

All clothing and apparel is available through our online store.

All garments have been designed and produced by Shine Design who will be donating $5 from the purchase of each and every garment purchased.

Visit our apparel store to access and purchase our supporter garments and other merchandise.

This site is used to provide secure payments for your online protection.

Help make a difference by donating now!

Three new quality products available to show your support:

  • Long sleeve tshirt $49.50
  • Hoodie $71.50
  • All weather jacket $99 (all prices include GST)

Clothing

Clothing and apparel is available through our online store. You can show support to Victoria Police Members by purchasing clothing and apparel online.

We would love to see as many people as possible wearing these in training or competing on event days! What better way to show your support!

All garments have been designed and produced by Shine Design who will be donating $5 from the purchase of each and every garment purchased.

Visit our apparel store to access and purchase our supporter garments and other merchandise.

This site is used to provide secure payments for your online protection.

Help make a difference by donating now!

Seven quality products available to show your support:

  • Running Singlet tops $33
  • Running Tees $38.50
  • Triathlon Top $55
  • Cycle Jersey $77
  • Tri pants $71.50
  • Cycle knicks $176
  • Polo Shirt $49.50
  • Microfiber towel $22 (all prices include GST)
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Victorian Detective Heads North To Spread PTSD

Story supplied by sportzhub.com

Victorian police detective, Glenn Holland is returning to his childhood home of Tropical North Queensland to continue spreading the word about the impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on members of our State and National police forces.

A convert to IRONMAN after watching IRONMAN Melbourne in 2014, Glenn is using triathlon to raise awareness in the community about the impact of PTSD and to raise funds for the establishment of a treatment centre in Victoria. Having already done the Noosa Triathlon, IRONMAN 70.3 Ballarat and IRONMAN Geelong 70.3, the next stop on Glenn’s calendar is IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns on 11 June, 2017.

“My wife Katrina, my son and I were watching a friend compete in the 2014 IRONMAN Melbourne. It looked exciting and I said to Katrina ‘I wouldn't mind doing this race’. The only problem was - I didn’t own a bike, I hadn’t swam since primary school and I didn’t know how to run. I really didn’t know what was involved in doing a triathlon.”

Using the training an outlet for stress relief, Glenn gave himself a year to understand triathlon and get himself into shape to the tackle the full IRONMAN distance.

“The day was amazing and it proved to me that when you put your mind to a task anything is possible. It was one of the greatest days of my life and having Katrina at the finish line giving me my medal was the icing on the cake,” Glenn said.

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In his role as a serving policeman Glenn was acutely aware that many of his friends and colleagues were facing their own daily challenges with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, brought on by their exposure to traumatic situations they encounter in the course of their daily duties.

“PTSD is a reaction to a situation which has threatened the life or safety of oneself or others and unfortunately traumatic events are often too common for police members whom at times are required to just take it on the chin and move on. It is common to have flashbacks and think to ourselves ‘How did I get through that?’ and there are some members that are not coping.”

New Tri event - Asia Pacific

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We're grateful for the help and support everyone has provided for this campaign. Those suffering with PTSD will benefit.

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Two new events for 2017:

Victoria Police & Emergency Services Games

AND

The Wings For Life World Run

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Support Reaches Cairns with the 70.3

I used to live in the Northern beaches of Cairns for many years and am excited at the thought of competing in this race whilst spreading the word for my #fightingptsdcampaign. The race starts in Palm Cove with a 1.9 km swim with a beautiful scenic 90km ride into Cairns and then finish with a 21.1 km run around the Esplanade.

Ironman 70.3 Cairns 11th of June 2017

Located at The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland, Australia 4870 Australia 4870

 

 

It would be great to see as many people as possible attend any of these events, your support in raising awareness is appreciated!

Latest News

Keeping in touch with PTSD affected members is important and we encourage everyone to reach out to assist where possible. You can keep in touch with us too by tuning into our instagram feed. Our social media sites contain up to the moment information about our campaign and how you can join in. The twelve most recent Instagram posts are also included on this website for easy reference.

Thanks everyone and please remember to keep in touch!

Protecting the protectors – supporting PTSD

Latest News

I'm tri-ing in support of PTSD

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because I want to help!

By competing in the coming triathlon season and with support from many individuals and businesses, I hope to raise awareness about PTSD to my work colleagues and to the community to highlight that police members, even though they appear tough on the outside when attending to an emergency situation, can break over time after reliving many sad, bad or traumatic situations that have been encountered in the course of a Members' daily duties.

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ESSSuper  Helping spread the word

The word is spreading with great supporters to the cause. We are the first story in the ESSS news feed today. Getting noticed is a positive step forward in raising awareness for PTSD and for enabling the pathways to help open for all Victoria Police members.
Click the link below to read the article:


https://www.esssuper.com.au/…/glenn-holland-raising-awarene…

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a reaction to a traumatic event which has threatened the life or safety of oneself or others. This could be through attending a serious or fatal car accident, investigating a physical or sexual assault, conducting welfare checks and locating a deceased person either through suicide or natural causes or assisting in the investigation of SIDS deaths.

Unfortunately these events are often too common for VICPOL members whom at times are required to just take it on the chin and move on.

It's common to have flashbacks and think to ourselves "how did i get through that?" but there are some members that are not coping.

My campaign is to assist Members in speaking up to say they need a hand and to reassure them that help is available for VICPOL Members.

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How can I help?

There are several options available to those who wish to help increase the awareness of the effects of PTSD and to provide a platform of support for members who are going through a tough time.

  1. Support me in my triathlon competitions
  2. Purchase our campaign apparel from our e-store
  3. Donate directly online through our donations page

Please read on below to find all of the information you need to get started along with me and to help. Any assistance is welcome and your support is truely appreciated!

"Any assistance is welcome and your support is truely appreciated!"

- Glenn Holland

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Triathlon Events

My efforts will be self funded and I will be representing my Triathlon Club - MPTC. I thank MPTC for their support of my goal during their 30th year of club operations. I will be wearing all of the clothing you see here throughout the upcoming triathlon season - my events for the season are shown below:

Noosa Triathlon 30th of October 2016

Ballarat 70.3 Half Ironman 11th of December 2016

Geelong 70.3 Half Ironman 19th of February 2017

Bendigo Ultimate 70.3 Triathlon 12th of March 2017

Ironman Cairns 70.3 Triathlon 11th of June 2017

It would be great to see as many people as possible attend any of these events, your support in raising awareness is appreciated!

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Help spread the word

Awareness is the first step in providing support for PTSD. You can help get the message out there and show your support by tagging your social media posts and training activities with our hash tag "#fightingptsdvicpol". Your support is appreciated!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Donations

To help increase awareness and understanding of PTSD and how it can affect Police Members, and to importantly provide support to these Members, financial support is important.

Funds are needed to grow the existing support to a level where more Members can gain better access to these critical and needed services.

My aim is to raise over $30,000 towards hospital engagement and make a specialised emergency services PTSD clinic.

You are encouraged to show your support by way of any financial donation you are able to contribute via our online secure donations page.

Help make a difference by donating now!

Case Study

Being diagnosed with chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder often comes after suffering in silence on your own for quite some time. The feeling that 'something isn't quite right' can affect quality of life, relationships, health and life at work, in many combinations.

How members deal with the stress and try to overcome the pain and upset is a deeply personal journey. A journey which is not well understood and one which is difficult for the people diagnosed and the people around them.

Read on and consider the story of John, a member for almost thirty years and how he did and is continuing to deal with he effects of PTSD.

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Support from the top

PTSD affects members in a profound and intimate way. In the course of day-to-day work any member may experience traumatic circumstances which gradually over time, build up and take their toll. No one is immune from the possibility of this occurring and help is on its way from the top to put support structures in place to more thoroughly address the condition and how it affects members.

This campaign hopes to pave the way, at least in some measurable manner, to make the lives of members more comfortable while overcoming the scourge of the black dog.

 

Assisting Members

Post traumatic stress disorder presents challenges in maintaining health and quality of life. Members in need of assistance can contact the Police Association Victoria (TPAV) or VICPOL welfare services for confidential assistance.

Visit:

The Police Association Victoria

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2015 Melbourne Ironman

It all started with a single conversation!

March 2014, My wife Katrina, my son Luke and I were watching the 2014 Melbourne Ironman race in Edithvale. It looked exciting and I said to Katrina I wouldn't mind doing this race.
Katrina said "Why Not - Do it" The only problem was I don't swim, I didn't own a  bike and I can't run.
I had 1 year to try and understand triathlons and train for it. The training was exhausting although I did use it as an outlet for stress relief.
March 2015 was race day. This day consisted of a 3.8 km swim, 180 km Bike Ride and a 42.2 km run which began in Frankston and finished in St Kilda.
The day was amazing and it proved to me that when you put your mind to a task and have the best support crew behind you - Anything is possible.
Of course I had set backs over the course of my journey and at times just wanted to give up but I pressed on. Getting up at 4.30 am to run 21.1 km just for training prior to work was at times exhausting.
One of the greatest days of my life and having Katrina at the finish line giving me my medal was the icing on the cake.

 

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Mornington Peninsula Triathlon Club

We are proud to be supporting Glenn Holland in his upcoming campaign to raise awareness of PTSD and his representation of VICPOL members.
We are honoured to have this association and support his goal during our 30th anniversary year of the club.
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Home is Fun

The team at Cooking at Home is Fun are proud to support Glenn in his efforts to bring awareness and support to Victoria Police Members.

We wish every success to the Protecting the Protectors campaign and that lasting improvement can be achieved through Glenn's efforts to the benefit of many.

 

Michael & Melinda

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Supporting Dutchy and this PTSD campaign is something the authors are delighted to support and be involved in.

Support for our supporters!

Thank you to all of our friends and supporters of this PTSD campaign. While the PTSD cookbook campaign has ended, The delicious "cooking at home is fun" cookbook is still available.

There's also a brand new book for 2017 too, so now you can cook a new recipe every week for more than two years without running out of options!


Books are in stock in Melbourne and are a great gift idea!

PLACING AN ORDER:
A link is below for you to place your order from!

$5 from every book goes to PTSD

The special offer book campaign is now over and we are grateful for the generous public support. You can still however buy the cook book by following the link above should you wish to try some of the delicious recipes.

Printed full colour, 144 pages. Printed in Australia.
ISBN: 978-1-326-16133-0

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TPAV Journal

Reaching a wider audience is an important part of raising awareness of PTSD. The TPAV Journal has included an article on Dutchy which can be viewed by clicking on this link:

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Eyewatch takes notice

My campaign was recently promoted by Eyewatch. It's a great thrill to receive extended coverage and to introduce more people to my efforts with my PTSD campaign.

Here's the article in full:

Detective Acting Sergeant Glenn Holland will be pushing his body to the limit for a worthy cause. Glenn is dedicating the triathlon season to raising awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder in the emergency services, something he is incredibly passionate about.

The #fightingptsdvicpol campaign kicked off last October and has since raised over $4,000. Glenn has already completed one of four half ironman events. Requiring rigorous preparation, the events consist of a 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21.1km run.

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PTSD in the Media

The exposure of PTSD in the mainstream media has been increased with Glenn's efforts in his campaign. Grateful for support and on track for succeeding in increasing awareness to improve conditions for those suffering with PTSD.

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