Dreams Come True - PTSD / Mental Health Awareness in our youth - PREVENTION

My entire life, I wish more than anything, that I had the confidence to speak properly and in control to a large group of people.

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In just a few hours, I have the opportunity to go meet the director of a high school here in Germany.
I was in the gym last week teaching a few people my ab workout routine when this
17 yr old boy named Ole walks up with this huge smile on his face and reached out to give me a high five.
I smiled, gave him some knucks and asked him to join us.
He did and all 4 of us trained for about 20 minutes.
After our workout I was explaining to these guys where I am from in Canada, and how I live in the backcountry mountains away from a gym like this and people and they kinda laughed when I told them the kind of phone I use is still plugged into the wall.
They had a good little laugh and couldn’t believe it.One guy says to me
“Man, you sure are VERY DISCONNECTED aren’t you” ?
I smiled and asked the guy, ” tell me my Friend, what would you do if you didn’t have your cell phone for more than 4 days”?
he says
“OMG, I can’t even live without it for 4 hours, I would loose my mind and feel so disconnected” to the world”.
I took that opportunity to ask him to show me his phone.
He pulled it out and I had them all huddle around as I typed in my www.campmyway.com.
Once it opened , I said, ok ..everyone quiet for 2 mins and watch this.
We watched the 2 minute promo video for Camp My Way.
these guys sat and watched in total awe …their faces lit up and LOVED the nature, the mountains, the lakes, the canoeing , paddle boarding, the fishing, the ATV’ing , the mediation and yoga.
Once the vid was over they all sat in total disbelief.
I looked at them all and said softly .
“THAT IS CONNECTED my brothers”.
Anyhow , I gave them all a business card and we all hugged and high fives back to our personal workouts.
2 days later ..I get a Friend request on Facebook from this kid Ole …he says he’s sooooo stoked on what we are doing to raise awareness to PTSD ,,and mental health, that he wants to talk to his teachers at school to get me to come and do a presentation about PTSD in front of his class mates .
He says how important it would be for all of his friends at school to learn this.
I told him , “Ole, i couldn’t agree more”
Anyhow ..today is a big day , Ole spoke with his teachers and I’m on my way in about 1 hour to go meet the director of the Philipp-Reis-schule in friedrichsdrof .
It’s been a dream of mine all these years to speak to kids at high schools, jouvinal detention centres and first responder courses about PTSD, Addiction, Mental Health and try to inspire and motivate these kids and plant positive seeds in their minds for their future – PREVENTION IS KEY ..
anyhow …best part of it all …my new friend Ole writes me everyday and I train him at the gym every few days
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..he’s a kewl kid and wants to be a personal body guard for the political government here in Germany one day or serve and protect his country somehow.He’s even said he’d like to be a prison guard.
let me go get a comment he wrote me last week – i’ll cut and paste it.
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Ole Schmitt
Thanks men… you are my idol… you do so great things. Its so amazing
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Crazy thing is …Ole says I may speak in front of 500 kids …yikes..hahahah i’ve never spoke to more than 4 in a group ….better go get some kisses and calm my anxiety and nerves from one of my pride at the hoarse ranch …Hoarses help calm my nerves and stay in the present and remind me just how small I really am in this world.
Enjoy your day, and cross your fingers for this golden opportunity to spread the word to our youth .
VITAL to their survival / future

Thanks for taking the time to read and share .

Terrance

About the author: Terrance

Terrance was the first responder to a fatal accident during an event at the Whistler Sliding Center during the Winter Olympics in 2010. Although he was well trained in a myriad of life saving techniques, he was not prepared to deal with the emotional impact sustained when those techniques were not enough. As a result of the fatality, he developed PTSD that launched him into a very costly downward spiral. During several years of severe depression, anxiety, nightmares, and substance abuse, he lost his family, career, and nearly his life. Pushed to his breaking point, Terrance found salvation within. Escaping to the back-country near Lillooet, BC, he found peace and purpose in mother nature's beauty and simplicity. Many others who have suffered from PTSD have not been so lucky.