“The content and the delivery of the subject matter was outstanding. The Tay River Reﬂections facility and the Safe Container Model allowed signiﬁcant bonds to be made between the cohort participants”
~An Ottawa Police Oﬃcer
“I came away feeling that something had fundamentally changed in me and the way I would deal with my PTS. Not only have I noticed a diﬀerence in the way I now live my life, others around me have noticed as well. I only wish I could have had this 14 years ago.”
~An RCMP Oﬃcer
“I think the magnitude and impact of this past week can best be summed up by our nine year-old daughter coming up to me and saying “It’s weird but it looks like Daddy’s eyes are alive.”
~Wife of Canadian Military Oﬃcer
“When I picked Eric up at the airport I knew there had been a significant change; to me he actually looked different. We have been a true family since he returned. So from the bottom of my heart, a great big thank you!”
~Wife of a military veteran participant
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for giving me the opportunity to participate in the women's cohort. I feel that in those 5 days, I made more progress than what I had in almost a year of counselling and medication. While I feel that the latter two have their place in treatment, being with peers who actually 'Get It" was the turning point for me.
The difference with the 5 day cohort is that these women had been through similar situations as myself and could truly relate to my struggles with guilt, anger, anxiety, sleep deprivation and depression.
I cannot thank you and your team enough for being passionate about this cause. It has already, and will continue to be a life changer for many people suffering from PTS! -female Military Officer
I was made welcome from day one. I was accepted and given the opportunity to work on me. They reminded me I'm not alone, which is always hard for me as I can feel alone in a room full of people. I left there a changed woman with skills to stay level through my PTSD. I learned that I am worth it and that it was not my fault. Thank You Project Trauma Support. Thank you True Patriot Love. You changed my life.
~female Military Officer
I spent approximately 2 years struggling on my own prior to being diagnosed with PTSD and Depression in early 2015. I then spent approximately 20 months receiving treatment/therapy and was believing I would never get any better. The Project Trauma Support (PTS) Cohort proved to me that healing is possible. I was not only provided the tools/techniques to move forward with my healing, I was shown that these tools/techniques work. I personally had several “Aha” moments during the cohort where what I was being taught was applied with great success. Thank You Project Trauma Support for showing me how to get my life back.
~20 year police officer.
I have calculated that over the past 6 years, more than $100,000 was spent on my PTSD treatment without me getting much better. After 6 days in Perth, I got my life back. -Male Firefighter
My husband came home last night with a different voice if that makes any sense (I can't seem to explain that any other way). He and I went for supper last night and I had tears in my eyes twice during our meal just listening to him and seeing his smile.
You gave my husband and our children a wonderful Christmas gift.I can't thank you enough.
~Wife of Military Veteran
I vividly remember looking around at everyone at breakfast on the last day. It was like I was sitting in a room of totally different people than I had met on the first day. I still recognized their faces and their stories but their postures were so different, they had real smiles. I even felt my own posture had made a significant change, I felt relaxed; something I have rarely felt over the past few years. I feel so much more in tune with my body as I type this. I feel like taking care of myself is worth it. I better understand some of the barriers that were built in at a young age that are no longer useful to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul for having created this gift for us all. You are going to save and enlighten so many lives with this program.
~Male Paramedic Supervisor
By the end of the cohort I could talk about the deaths and still have joy in my heart. I am no longer in a nightmare. We have all gained knowledge on how to deal with our brains when all the negative tries to come in. To top it off, I have gained nine brothers who I know would be there for me whenever I need them. Nine warriors who shared all their sadness, only to have it all taken away together. By loving each other and helping each other tackle the darkness.
It feels so amazing to have the old me back, ready to live, ready to dream, ready for tomorrow.
I have completed six days at your Project Trauma Support facility in Perth. It could not be said more genuinely: it changed my life forever. I had been struggling with PTSD since the summer of 2007. For close to ten years, I was either on the verge of leaving this beautiful world or consistently trying to find the right fit in the mental health sector. As your program has taught me, the events leading to my PTS and the length of time it took me before I found and decided to apply to your program, are not a mistake.
I am thankful that life gave me this challenge and I now understand some of the lessons I had to learn. The outlook you and your team have instilled in me with regards to my life have changed me and my perception of the world. My traumas have brought me here today and I could not be prouder to have gone through them, they have already made me a better human being.
While I attended this Cohort, I have not only met your incredible team, I have also met the new me and discovered ten brothers with whom an unbreakable bond has been created. I arrived on the 2nd of April 2017 and left on 7th of April 2017 with an actual band of brothers, united by love and trust. Thank you for this gift: you, your team and program have given me a new breath of life.
My husband recently returned home to us from the program. This has been the first time in this ten year nightmare that I feel like I can exhale.
The light has returned to his eyes. I don't fear his suicide now and after so many years of it always being close in my mind, that has been such a relief!
After countless medications, hours of therapy and group therapy and EMDR treatments, my husband realizes he is not alone, this didn't happen to him because he is weak but rather because he is strong and caring.
He knows now that despite the horrors he has witnessed, he deserves to live and be happy and be here for me and our children. He has tools now to deal with his symptoms and a brotherhood of others who "get it".
I feel excited and hopeful for our future for the first time in a very long time.
I pray that others who are suffering alone, and for the desperate loved ones behind them, that this lifesaving treatment becomes available for all who need it.
~Wife of a police officer
I went to the Project Trauma Support Cohort this week past. It was the best experience of my life. I have been getting therapy of all different sorts since 2014 and I felt I was getting worse until the cohort program. I was able to take my family to a movie Saturday night. This is the first time in over 3 years. This was a big thing for me and my family.
I feel more positive about the future and I have something I lost over 4 years ago Hope, thanks to this program.
Thank you for the opportunity. I so appreciate it.
I write to you today to thank you and to tell you how grateful I am for you all and to this life changing program. In six short days you have given my boyfriend the courage and the fight to survive his daily struggles that have haunted him for so many years.
The moment he came home and walked through the door I could see the changes in him. The past few days I've noticed a few things, His negative outlook on almost every situation or conversation is now gone. Sleeping, he would always be awake at 3, 4am...unable to shut off his thoughts. This past weekend he's slept through the nights and awake at a decent hour. Now the ultimate test was to see him drive in the city and not once get road rage.
There is no need for anyone to suffer anymore because of what you all do and I will do my part in spreading the positive work you have done for us all.
Myself, our family and friends thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this beautiful gift you've given us.... his will to live a happy full life again.
~Girlfriend of Veteran Firefighter
I have struggled for years with the moral injuries caused by my multiple tours of duty overseas as well as domestic operations. The program allowed me to deal with these injuries and finally overcome them after 8 years of struggling. The cohort allowed me to see the world through a different Lens in life. Ever since the cohort I have felt true joy inside me for the first time in 8 years, the world appears brighter to me now. I was able to release and let go of something when I was there, it was a catalyst to the positive change in living my life forward! When I shared my new perspective on life with my spouse upon returning she cried tears of joy and was so thankful that I had the opportunity to attend the cohort. The PTS team truly saved my life and have made such a positive change for my family. I can never repay or express in words how much.
~military Police Officer
I just want to thank you for all that you've done for my husband. Since coming back, it's like a weight has been lifted off of him. He's had more progress from just one week than the past two years of counseling! It's had a huge impact on our family and I pray that this program continues for a long time so that countless others can benefit from what you're doing.
Thank you and God bless! ~Wife of Military Police Officer
I want to thank you for inviting me to your Project Trauma Support program. I have avoided group therapy and related programs for several years because so many of them didn’t seem to meet my expectations. In your program I immediately felt safe to share my stories and my challenges and felt part of a group who I could relate to. I had no way of knowing how close a bond I would form with both the group participants and the staff. For that I am truly grateful as I continue to maintain contact with all in one form or another, most importantly as a way to keep each of us on the long difficult path to continued healing using the tools, techniques and checklists you provided.
I am so blessed to have just completed the Project Trauma Support Program in Perth.
I have done a lot of work in the 7 years since my Afghanistan war wound came into my awareness. My medical issues, traumas, and psychology have largely been addressed and I have recognized for some time the blessing of my wound. Yet something remained missing, hidden in the depths of my psyche. In all of the heavy lifting and programming I have done I have never been exposed to a program focused on the healing of my wounded soul, until now.
This is a good news story with pure lifesaving healing power.
~Signal Corps Lt. Col