Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can strike anyone at any time. While its occurrence is less frequent than acute stress response, its effects are far more enduring. Fearless Nation is US 501c3 organisation dedicated to helping and supporting those suffering from, or impacted by, PTSD.
This week, Fearless Nation is hosting a festival in Second Life aimed at raising awareness of PTSD for suffers and the families of suffers alike, and, in line with the aims of the foundation, removing the stigma associated with the illness.
The festival includes a huge range of live and music events scheduled for this week – details of which can be found on the Festival Calendar, as there really is too much going on to list here. You can also find out more about PTSD by joining-in a hunt that will continue through until the 20th November, and which features a range of gifts, or by visiting the impressive information centre, where static and video presentation boards present further information.
There are also two sims of amazing artwork to be viewed through until the 30th November, and which include works by:
– kazuhiro aridian – Rebeca Bashly –
– Gwen Carillon – Tricia Farella –
– Glyph Graves – Claudia222 Jewell –
– Bryn Oh – Scottius Polke –
– Bonni Reid – Sabbian Paine –
Starax Statosky – Nicole Steen –
– Lina Stigsson – Starlash Sweetwater –
– Stephen Venkman – PJ Trenton –
– Eliza Wierwight – Trill Zapetero –
The art exhibits are spread across two neighbouring sims – Jones Beach and South Side. I would add a note of caution on the sim crossings; I did find them unusually rough during both my recent visits. However, the art displays more than make up for any roughness you may experience – they are magnificent.
Truth be told, the Fearless Nation installation itself is a work of art – and hugely informative about a condition that still carries far too much stigma and which is no respector of background, profession, gender or age. It can strike at any time as a result of exposure to extremely frightening or distressing events; estimates suggest that around 5% of all men and 10% of all women suffer from PTSD at some point in their lives, and up to 40% of cases are as a result of sudden bereavement*.
So, please take the opportunity to understand more about PTSD both during the coming week and the rest of November. Should you wish, you can contribute directly to the work of Fearless Nation through one of the many donation boxes placed around the sims.
- Fearless Nation website
- Festival calendar – updated periodically
- Fearless Nation main teleport point
- Fearless Nation Hunt
- Talking2Minds – UK PTSD charity
- Wikipedia page on PTSD
*figures from the UK PTSD charity Talking2Minds.