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Insomnia

Warning Signs of a Problem with Insomnia

Tick all the signs that are familiar

Difficulty staying asleep
Waking up too early at the end of a sleep period
Difficulty getting back to sleep after waking
Feeling worried, annoyed, frustrated, anxious or angry at bedtime or while lying in bed trying to go to sleep
Racing thought when trying to go to sleep or when waking in the nightcup of tea
Feeling physically or mentally tired during the day
Your sleep has been disturbed for 3 or more days per week for at least a month
Sleep disturbance is causing you significant personal distress or interferes with your social life or ability to work

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Invisible Wounds Service PTSD Awareness Day – Last Friday in May

“Western Australians will observe ‘Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day’ annually on the last Friday of May, after a motion from WA Labor was supported in the WA Parliament. A motion was introduced into Parliament last week, by WA Labor’s spokesperson for Veterans’ Issues Peter Watson. Yesterday it won the support of the WA Parliament. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that affects many Western Australians who have experienced a traumatic event. It is particularly prevalent among current and former defence veterans, police officers, ambulance officers and emergency services personnel. This has been a great victory for PTSD sufferers and their families, who have campaigned for a designated day to raise awareness of PTSD for some time. We hope this recognition will go some way to removing some of the negative stigmas associated with PTSD. I congratulate the Partners of Veterans Association of WA and other affected groups for their tireless efforts and Peter Watson for driving this cause in the Parliament..”

- Mark McGowan | Leader of the Opposition, WA Parliament

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PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a set of mental health symptoms that can develop in someone who has experienced a traumatic event. While anyone can develop PTSD after a traumatic event, not everyone does.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a set of mental health symptoms that occur after someone has experienced a traumatic event. Not all people who are exposed to a traumatic event will develop mental health problems, most will recover with few or no symptoms. For those that do PTSD will affect some, while others may develop other issues such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. Children may also develop separation anxiety, phobias, and other behavioural problems such as oppositional behaviour.

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INVISIBLE WOUNDS – PTSD Awareness Seminars for 2016 – FREE

April 11, 2016 News Comments Off

We were lucky enough to receive a grant from the ANZAC Day Trust to take our Invisible Wounds – Service PTSD Awareness Seminars on the road to country areas. These seminars are open to all Veterans, Military, ex-military, Police, Fire & Emergency Services, Ambulance, Corrective Services, partners, family members, friends, health professionals and work colleagues.

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Coming events for 2016

April 11, 2016 News Comments Off

April April 24th will be the Len Hall Game at the Dockers game at Subiaco Oval.  This year they will be commemorating Long Tan Day and Vietnam Veterans.  If you are a Vietnam Veteran and would like to participate in the Pre-Game activities then please contact Kathryn Lloyd at Perth …

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Social Events for 2016

April 11, 2016 News Comments Off

April – Whiteman Park – Entrance off Beechboro Road, Whiteman. Meet at 11.00am at the Visitors Centre.  It is Free entry althouygh some rides do have a cost.  Please check their websie for information.  Please BYO a picnic or buy lunch at the Café. May  – 13th Birthday Party -  …

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Our Beautiful Sign

May 20, 2015 News Comments Off
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Hello All Just a quick note to show you the signage at the front of the Carers Building in 182 Lord Street, Perth. We have been in the building for 8 years and at last have our own sign out the front.  It is not overly large but it does …

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PTSD Seminar – June 26th

May 20, 2015 News Comments Off
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On June 26th at the State Library in Perth we will be holding our 3rd Seminar  on PTSD This year the theme is PTSD – A Life of Snakes & Ladders. If you or someone close to you suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder then we invite you to attend our …

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PTSD Awareness Day – 29th May 2015

May 20, 2015 News Comments Off
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  Friday 29th May 2015 is the designated PTSD Awareness Day in Western Australia. Come along to the Information Stand in the Murray Street Mall in Perth on Friday and collect some information about PTSD. You can talk to people about PTSD and find out about the seminar to be …

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Invisible Wounds Seminar Adelaide February 2014

February 23, 2015 News Comments Off
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Sandra (Sam) Cross and Jude Firth flew to Adelaide 5th Feb for the seminar on 7th.

Jan Wallent was the instigator of holding the seminar after hearing about it at the AFOM dinner in October.

When she arrived home Jan immersed herself in finding supporters for funding, speakers and of course a location.

Full marks to Jan as she covered all this on her own and had it all in place before the end of the year.

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Upcoming Events

April 30, 2014 News Comments Off
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MAY 29th is PTSD Awareness Day in Western Australia. Come along and meet up with us and collect information about PTSD and the seminar to be held on Friday 26th June at the State Library.

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Men, Women & Grief

April 30, 2014 Health Comments Off
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Did you know that Women and Men grieve differently?

Everyone grieves in their own particular and individual way, it is a very personal time and how we cope or don’t cope will affect us differently. We are probably more aware of how women grieve as they are so much more public with their feelings. But if men are to be adequately and appropriately supported, we need to understand how their way of grieving often differs from that of women.

Women and Grief

Women are usually very good at seeking support for themselves and supporting each other. They tend to relieve their emotional pain through open expression of it, and verbalising it in the company of others. When women encounter difficulties with grieving, it is more often not because they don’t accommodate the emotional experience of grief, but because they pay to little attention to the tasks, challenges, and practicalities of restoration: attending to life changes,

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Insomnia

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Warning Signs of a Problem with Insomnia

Tick all the signs that are familiar

Difficulty staying asleep
Waking up too early at the end of a sleep period
Difficulty getting back to sleep after waking
Feeling worried, annoyed, frustrated, anxious or angry at bedtime or while lying in bed trying to go to sleep
Racing thought when trying to go to sleep or when waking in the nightcup of tea
Feeling physically or mentally tired during the day
Your sleep has been disturbed for 3 or more days per week for at least a month
Sleep disturbance is causing you significant personal distress or interferes with your social life or ability to work

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