This may seem like an odd video to share. I stumbled across it on Youtube, having no idea that at 10:44 (where I’ve cued it to play), it would turn into a mental health video. Former British Army sniper Craig Harrison talks about developing PTSD, and how his dog saved him from killing himself.
The title topic is talked about for the first 10 minutes of the video, and LADbible TV comments that the title, which was approved by Craig himself, was deliberately intended to bring Craig’s story to an audience who wouldn’t necessarily click on a PTSD video.
After watching this video, Youtube recommended the video below, in which Craig responds to comments left on the first video, including accusations that he was was a pussy for getting PTSD (at 8:52) and he was just looking for sympathy by talking about it. Non-military folks get judged for getting PTSD that is only expected to happen to those in the military, but then people in the military get judged for being pussies. Too much judginess, not enough compassion.
I don’t usually share videos, and I know videos are not what most people are coming to my blog for, but I think Craig did a good thing in doing these videos, hence the share.
On a more general note, does anyone have any thoughts to share about stigma related to PTSD?
The Straight Talk on Suicide page covers a variety of topics related to suicide, including getting help and safety planning, from the perspective of someone who’s been there.