Safe Horizon UK aims to provide and develop recovery programmes for police officers and their families who suffer the effects of PTSD, anxiety and depression. Many find that even with treatment, symptoms persist and they are challenged to find ways to manage and cope daily with psychological injury. Some officers become very isolated. Approximately one Officer every 2-3 weeks dies from suicide in England and Wales alone.
Our sailing voyage in August 2019 will challenge our group to cook, eat, sleep and live together in limited space and work together as a crew for one week. They will learn new skills on board and rediscover their capabilities, as well as develop coping strategies for being in a group environment. Social skills and trust in others may have been lost to these injuries. Individuals will prove to themselves that they can reconnect with people and community, that they can cope with anxiety and stress (rather than avoid challenging situations), that they haven’t got to remain ‘stuck’ in their suffering and they can find a way to move forwards. Those who experience dissociation can reconnect with their physical self and learn to be present in the moment.
I am raising money by doing a 15,000ft skydive on 22nd June (my birthday), to support this challenge. I am self-funding the jump so all money raised will go straight to the charity. I am so very grateful for your sponsorship.