Breaking through PTSD stigma

Breaking through PTSD stigma

The fourth annual Breakthrough Ride, which aims to reduce the stigma surrounding post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), finished in Lakes Entrance last Thursday afternoon.

Colin McIver, head of Monash Medical Unit of mental health, spoke at the dinner at Lakes Entrance RSL in the evening.

A large group of motorbike riders left the Fitzroy Gardens on Tuesday, November 27, with participants joining in along the way.

The ride is raising money for the Code 9 Foundation, which sponsors peer support dogs for emergency service workers who are suffering PTSD, depression and anxiety.

Organiser, Tim Jobling, said it was his own experience with PTSD that prompted him to create the Breakthrough Ride.

“I know how important it is to seek help if you feel you are becoming burnt out, have been exposed to a traumatic incident at work, or just feel things are getting too much,” he said.

“The ride is a chance for people to feel someone has their back, to share some laughter with like-minded people and just have a break from the pressures of work.”

PICTURED: Breakthrough Ride organiser, Tim Jobling (fourth from left), was joined by a fleet of riders for the fourth annual Breakthrough Ride, which finished in Lakes Entrance last Thursday afternoon.