Many former Service personnel have experienced Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), be it through their own personal experience and struggles, or indirectly through friends, colleagues or family members.
That’s why DropZone remains committed to supporting the veteran community, with 20% of all profits donated to PTSD charities.
PTSD is slowly becoming more recognised by society, with many organisations taking up the fight to combat the debilitating effects of its invisible shackles.
Getting people to recognise PTSD for the issue it is has been half of the battle and there have been a variety of innovative methods of fundraising and raising awareness of the impacts the condition can have on people, particularly those who have served in the armed forces.
An example we wanted to draw attention to is the story of Kevin James’ Scuba Diving School in the Bahamas, which has demonstrated an ability to help deal with stresses and strains PTSD can impose on sufferers and their families.
A military veteran himself who has suffered with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Kevin gave scuba diving a try on the advice of a fellow vet as a way of alleviating its symptoms. He was blown away by the sensations scuba diving brought, allowing him to feel emotions he hadn’t experienced for a long time.
Kevin now dedicates himself to helping other sufferers discover scuba diving as an effective way of combating PTSD’s life-altering effects. He has set up PTSD Progress Through Scuba Diving, a non-profit organisation which helps people do just that, as well as supporting divers afterwards, all free of charge.
Check out the above video from Diver DMN, who has documented her amazing ‘Dive for PTSD’ journey.