Skydive for Cops with PTSD

by Claire Carter in Hitchin, England, United Kingdom

Skydive for Cops with PTSD
We did it
On 22nd May 2019 we successfully raised £560 with 19 supporters in 28 days

I am taking a group of police officers with psychological injury on a sailing challenge in August 2019 to help them with their recovery.

by Claire Carter in Hitchin, England, United Kingdom

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.

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