The PTSD Walk will resume 15 August 2020 at the Kentucky-Tennessee border. Retired Marine, Carl Curtis will accompany Steve Meyers on the PTSD Walk. They will be averaging 22 miles a day. Walking through Nashville, Huntsville, Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah on their way to Jacksonville Beach. Talking to people about PTSD and suicide prevention along the way. If you would like to meet up the Steve and Carl, estimated arrival times and locations are listed below and in the calendar.

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23sep10:35 amWaycross Police

23sep12:10 pmVFW Post 4382

23sep1:45 pmAmerican Legion post 517

Ways to help

Talk about the PTSD Walk, use #PTSDWalk

  • People with PTSD usually suffer in silence
  • Most people with PTSD are non-military
  • Steve’s schedule is posted. Talk with him.

Share your mental victories

  • Share coping skills and wellness strategies
  • Talk about your battles with anxiety
  • Talk about how you dealt with stress
  • Tell someone “I believe in you.” #ibelieveinyou
  • Talk about when you asked for help

Fix Employee Assistance Programs

  • Remove stigma for getting help
  • Ensure mental health professionals are able to help. (Many First Responders have told Steve “They can’t help me.” Usually because the mental health professional does not understand the reality of the First Responder.)

Donate to the PTSD Walk

Money donated is used for PTSD Walk costs. Daily expenses are roughly $100 a day. Lodging and food are the two primary expenses. Money in excess of PTSD Walk expenses will be given to a non-profit organization. The first $10,000 in excess will go to the (DAV) Disabled American Veterans.

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Post-Traumatic Stress is scary and emotionally draining. Sometimes, life is overwhelming, and suicide becomes and attractive way out. Let’s give people helpful tools that they can use. So, they never feel the need to take their own life. Remember, not all tools are handheld. The 1-10 pain scale is an example of a mental tool that makes explaining pain much easier. It can also be used for anger, fear, and other emotions. Below are five tools Steve found useful.

  1. When fearful, use anger to make the fear go away.
  2. When angry, use sadness to make the anger go away.
  3. When anxious hold your breath to increase a sense of calm. Avoid over breathing.
  4. When there is too much going on to process in the moment. Stop processing and focus on data collection. Use time to your advantage and process it another time.
  5. When you need additional perspective, capture the thoughts. Draw, sketch, mold, photograph, or write out the thoughts to review.

Please remember, PTSD is not just mental. It messes with physical health in a bunch of ways. Many people with PTSD have an autoimmune disease such as hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, or multiple sclerosis Many also have  sleep apnea (69.2%) and are at much higher risk of heart failure (95%).

For Additional information on PTSD, please visit the website of the National Center for PTSD.