Mission Statement: Inspiring people to step out of the shadow of PTSD and into the light of a rich and fulfilling life.
Light On PTSD
Vision Statement: Shining a light on PTSD nationwide for men, women, and children.
THE LIGHT ON PTSD PROJECT
What is Light on PTSD?
Light On PTSD is a not-for-profit organization that increases awareness around Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and gathers funds to support future initiatives for families struggling with post traumatic stress. Our cycling events are instrumental in reaching out to the community and encouraging trauma survivors to come out of the shadows and receive support, connect, share, discover resources, and ultimately know that they are not alone and there is help available.
PTSD can effect anyone at any time. It is not defined by the uniform you wear, or where you go to work. The National Institute of Mental Health defines PTSD as a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. It can effect the mother, the father, the child, the veteran, the first responder, the extended family, friends, co-workers...anyone can suffer with post traumatic stress. Together we can support one another and make a difference. We can shine a light on PTSD, support the community and raise funds and awareness to help others.
What's in store for 2018?
We are excited to announce our cycling event will be held at the Vancouver Island MotorSport Circuit in Cowichan Valley this year! We've scheduled the event for June 8th and 9th. The weekend will be overflowing with activities including our annual 24 hour relay, family-style cycling, races arranged by Victoria Cycling League, Go Kart Racing, live music, and an auction and raffle. Gather your cycling enthusiast friends and prepare to register your team soon. The first 50 participants of the 24hr relay will receive a 15% discount!
Why is this a 24 hour event?
Those living with post traumatic stress are struggling with it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In light of this, Light On PTSD organizes a 24 hour annual cycling event on, or as close to as possible, the 24th day of the 7th month of each year to depict the 24/7 nature of PTSD. (Due to scheduling conflicts in 2018 we have had to shift the dates quite a bit!)
Who are the co-founders?
Light On PTSD has three co-founders; Jennifer Brum, Paul Brum and Allan Kobayashi. (Unfortunately Allan is no longer directly involved as his commitments do not allow the time.) Each of them have their own personal connection with PTSD.
In 2013, Jennifer and Paul had a terrifying river rafting experience in Italy with their 2 children. Jennifer fought for her life, at the same time not knowing whether her two children and husband were also drowning. Thankfully, everyone survived the accident but were left with invisible injuries that shifted their reality for quite some time.
Allan was diagnosed with PTSD in 2005. He is a 21 year veteran of the Canadian Forces with operational tours both in Kosovo and Afghanistan. By age 19 he witnessed ethnic cleansing and genocide. Allan has endured more than the human experience should ever have to endure.
Since 2016 Jennifer, Paul, and Allan have hosted a family oriented cycling event and donated proceeds to a cause specifically related to families struggling with post traumatic stress. This year the event will be hosted at the incredible Vancouver Island MotorSport Circuit. Typically a playground for the race car enthusiast, we are thrilled to offer this once in a lifetime experience to road bike enthusiasts! This will be Light On PTSD's 3rd annual event and the first of its kind in Canada. We hope to see you there!
If you are personally struggling after having witnessed or experienced a traumatic event and are looking for information please see our Resources page or contact us directly throught our Contact page. In the event of a crisis please call the 24 hour Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1-888-494-3888. In case of emergency we urge you to call 911 immediately.
The Light On PTSD Ride for 24
& More Event!
We are excited to announce our 2018 event will be held on
June 8th - June 9th, 2018, at the Vancouver Island MotorSport Circuit
in Cowichan Valley!
THE HARD TRUTH
OF THE GENERAL POPULATION WILL HAVE PTSD AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIVES
OF THOSE WORKING IN EMERGENCY SERVICES SUFFER FROM PTSD (Tema Conter Memorial Trust)
OF CANADIAN SOLDIERS WHO SERVED IN AFGHANISTAN HAVE PTSD
(Globe and Mail)
What is PTSD?
(Quote from the PTSD Association of Canada, http://www.ptsdassociation.com/about-ptsd)
(PTSD) is a serious condition that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic or terrifying event in which serious physical harm occurred or was threatened. PTSD is a lasting consequence of traumatic ordeals that cause intense fear, helplessness, or horror, such as a sexual or physical assault, the unexpected death of a loved one, an accident, war, or natural disaster. Families of victims can also develop PTSD, as can emergency personnel and rescue workers, first responders, journalists.....to name a few.
The three requisites of emotional trauma:
* It is as unexpected as fog on a clear day.
* It is something you cannot prepare for.
* It is something that you can do nothing to prevent.