Disease and Illness, Holistic Practices, Mental Health, PTSD Help/Veterans, Yoga

I Am Invictus

Over the last week, I’ve watched what I could of the Invictus Games through Facebook posts. I am really, really upset that all that was offered on ESPN was a recap of the games and some coverage of the Opening and Closing ceremonies. It’s gotten me thinking about an organization that my husband is a part of, 22 Until None. Their goal is to end the rampant suicide epidemic that plagues veterans, a fact that was driven so close to home for us last summer when one of my husband’s men committed suicide in the parking garage of the barracks. It shook everyone in the command up. Many, including my husband, went to speak with counselors about it–he was like one of our kids.

 

The whole goal of the Invictus Games is to spread awareness of the struggles, the triumphs, and the sacrifices that military  men and women from around the world have endured, and how they have overcome them. It is not about survival, for veterans don’t want to be looked at as mere survivors. What they have done deserves more than this casual take. They have done so much more, and have conquered. They are unconquerable. They are unconquered. Invictus.

 

Yoga and Pilates are two passions that I’ve taught for a long, long time, and it’s made me very determined to help those who struggle not only with physical needs but also metal needs. One of the things I love most about the Invictus Games, 22 Until None, Help for Heroes, etc., is the fact that they are reaching out to veterans who may not have any noticeable scars but carry with them the invisible ones caused by the stress and trauma of warfare. It is my intention to reach out to this community and help them through physical fitness and therapy. More and more studies are showing that practices like yoga help ease both physical suffering and mental anguish associated with PTSD.

 

I want to take a moment and just say this to anyone suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD, or other mental states caused by trauma, whether or not you’re a veteran: you aren’t alone. There are people ready to help you. All you need to do is ask; no one will judge you.

 

Don’t let the pain win.

 

You also can be Invictus.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “I Am Invictus”

  1. Great post. Unfortunately, when you ask for help, people do judge. It’s sometimes easier to deal with the pain and trauma alone than to be judged by people who don’t understand. In the case of the young man who committed suicide last summer, I think the Marines did the right thing. They allowed everyone to come and talk. I know that the fire and medics where we came from also did a critical incident debriefing after major fires or crashes, places where people died. It didn’t stop people from struggling, but it helped some.

    I agree with you. If someone is hurting, depressed, suicidal, ask for help and don’t stop asking until you get that help. A person’s life is worth so much more than anything else.

    God bless our troops.

    1. Thank you! It’s nice to hear that other agencies are working to make sure their people also have the help they need.

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