What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition which is triggered by either experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. Often people suffering from the effects of PTSD endure symptoms such as severe anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares and uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
Often, people who experience traumatic events may find it difficult to adjust and and cope with it. Fortunately, with time, good self-care and effective support and management, they usually get better. If symptoms worsen, last for extended periods, for example, months or years, or disrupt your day-to-day life activities, you may have PTSD.
Being able to receive early and effective treatment and reduction of the symptoms of PTSD can improve function. The Protecting the Protectors site along with the support of many is promoting discussion around PTSD to help current and former VicPol members suffering with this condition in any way possible.
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We are proud to have raised over $100,000 during our everyday hero campaign and that money is being put to support members and families improve lives affected by PTSD.
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The #Fightingptsdvicpol campaign representing Victoria Police in support of mental health at Run the Tan event
The #fightingptsdvicpol campaign raising awareness at the Run the Tan event
The #fightingptsdvicpol campaign is always trying to find new ways to help raise awareness for PTSD and mental health issues for our Victoria Police members and retired veterans because over the years, we have seen many of our colleagues leave the job due to the above reasons.
So how do we raise awareness this time.
On Saturday the 24th April 2021, We represented Victoria Police and ran the tan to help raise awareness for Mental Health. We asked Deputy Commissioner Rick NUGENT who holds the Victoria Police Mental Health portfolio if he would jump onboard and of course without hesitation he accepted.
Thank you for everyone for your support with the #fightingptsdvicpol campaign which has been running now for over 4 1/2 years.
Nine News - Top Cop Drops Out of a Plane Peter Hitchener reports on Nine News about Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner, Rick Nugent Drop a Cop event. Watch the video above for the full report.
Raising awareness with ‘Drop a Cop’ mental health Skydive event he #fightingptsdvicpol campaign has been raising awareness for PTSD and mental health issues for our Vicpol Members and Retired Veterans for nearly 5 years now.Today I had the opportunity to showcase how...
Protecting the Protectors and #fightingPTSDVicPol improving public awareness with media and event appearances.
Today's Podcast with Dutchy and Deeksy is with the Victoria Police Association Secretary Wayne Gatt. In this podcast we discussed with Wayne the Blue hub pilot which the Police Association has been working on where our members will be able to attend and receive help...
In this podcast Glenn and John talk exclusively with Lex De Man, CEO Victoria Police Legacy about the important service they provide in helping police legatees who have lost a partner whether on or off duty with education, grants, guidance, and psychological...
The #fightingptsdvicpol campaign is now using this Fighting PTSD Podcast to find a way to help raise awareness for PTSD and mental health issues for our Victoria Police members and retired veterans. My good friend Deeksy, who has been a huge supporter of the...
Reaching new heights of recognition
Today Stuart Grimely MP personally helped raise awareness in Parliament for our #fightingptsdvicpol campaign to help support Victoria Police members and veterans with PTSD and mental health issues.
Mr Grimley MP recounts his own experiences with dedicated hospital staff and adds he, his wife and staff will will be participating in the Run for the Kids, to be held on 7 April in Melbourne. They will be proud members of the Fighting PTSD VicPol team.
Mr Grimley MP said “I am looking forward to standing strong with Glenn, his team and survivors of PTSD in our endeavours to support the remarkable work of the Royal Children’s Hospital.”
View the full Speech Video here:
Kokoda Trek 2021
The #fightingPTSDVicPol campaign is extending their reach by trekking the Kokoda trail to celebrate and recognise ANZAC soldiers.
Participation in this exciting event is available to all campaign supporters and is designed to help raise awareness for PTSD and mental health issues whilst working as a team to achieve a lifetime goal of kokoda.
Limited places are available, further information and bookings are available by following the link below.
We’re grateful for the help and support everyone has provided for this campaign. Those suffering with PTSD will benefit.
Dutchy awarded 2018 Police Officer of the Year!
Dutchy has been honoured with the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation 2018 Police Officer of the Year Award. This award is in recognition of outstanding service to the Victorian community as a member of Victoria Police, to colleagues through the Protect the Protectors campaign and to the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation.
Dutchy was surprised and delighted for this recognition and continues his focus on providing support for members affected by PTSD and mental health matters.
Glenn (Dutchy) was interviewed by John Deeks on 3AW along with Neil Soullier OAM, the CEO of the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation.
Click the play bar below to listen in on the conversation.
PTSD campaign media support
Extending the reach of PTSD awareness is an important part of this public education process. Glenn recently discussed the PTSD effort with renowned celebrity John Deeks live on 3AW radio Melbourne.
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.
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!
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!.
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.
- Support me in my triathlon competitions
- Purchase our campaign apparel from our e-store
- 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!
Other great ways to support our Police Force:
Blue Ribbon Foundation
The Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation perpetuates the memory of members of the Victoria Police who have died in the line of duty through the support of worthwhile community projects within Victoria. We aim to encourage the public of Victoria to remember the sacrifice of officers who have fallen in the line of duty and to show all serving members of Victoria Police that their work and commitment is valued by a caring community.
Our income is primarily derived from the extremely generous financial support of the many thousands of sworn members of Victoria Police ranging from the newest recruit to the Chief Commissioner, without whom much of the high quality support and services would not be possible. This is complemented by bequests, sponsorship, returns on investment and other donations.