Aylmer legion offers PTSD information sessions

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The Aylmer legion hosts weekly information meetings on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder under the supervision of Dr. Jean-Philippe Daoust.

Tashi Farmilo

AYLMER – The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #33 in Aylmer has been offering information sessions on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) since March to provide a friendly and supportive environment for people to talk about the condition and share their experiences. Dr. Jean-Philippe Daoust, a licensed clinical psychologist with years of experience treating patients with PTSD, supervises the sessions, which have seen an average of 15 people in attendance each week.

PTSD is a mental health condition that can develop after a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event, such as military combat or accidents. It can cause a range of symptoms, including anxiety, depression, and hypervigilance.

Daoust said he offers the sessions pro bono. “It’s an initiative to help people process what has happened to them. At this point we’re creating momentum; using the legion to help veterans and generating a community of support around them,” he explained. Daoust said he’s committed to assisting others in managing their symptoms and enhancing their quality of life.

André Gosselin, a veteran who has been diagnosed with PTSD, attends the sessions. “They’re a good opportunity for like-minded people to get together to discuss and share their thoughts and feelings on this very important topic in a safe, non-judgmental space. It’s very helpful to the community,” he explained, noting discussing PTSD openly and supportively is crucial to helping veterans cope with symptoms and improve their overall well-being.

The meetings are held every Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Aylmer Legion Branch #33, located at 59 Bancroft Street; there are 4 to 7 more sessions remaining, depending on the material Daoust covers. The service is free and all veterans, first responders or anyone interested in learning more about PTSD are welcome to attend. Those interested in registering can do so by texting 819- 923-4371 or emailing drjpdaoust@outlook.com.
Photo: André Gosselin