The Ripple Effect of PTSD featuring Donna Reggett (Melzer, 2016)
Donna Reggett is married to RAAF veteran Andrew Reggett. Donna said she remembers the 2001 Twin Tower 9/11 terrorist attacks being the biggest trigger for her husband Andrew, the day after 9/11 he attempted suicide. Donna has spent years learning about PTSD and mental health, initially to help herself and her family, but later to help other veterans and their families. When Andrew was first diagnosed, there was no PTSD help or support for families. Sadly, when Donna needed help family and friends stopped visiting them and she felt isolated and alone. Thankfully PTSD services improved and there is help now for family and carers. Donna founded Operation PTSD Support which supports those who care, she organises weekend respite getaways for the partners and carers and it has been a God send for many of them. Donna's lived experience is valuable in her mental health training courses. Her key message is ‘you are not alone’.
The Ripple Effect of PTSD featuring Karen McLaren (Melzer, 2016)
Karen McLaren is married to veteran Richard McLaren and together they have spent the past twenty years learning about the war related injury, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Karen says she wouldn’t leave if her husband had cancer and this was no different, they have been to hell and back but the main thing is they are back and they are proud they did this together. Karen found writing poetry a form of therapy in her journey of understanding PTSD.
The Ripple Effect of PTSD featuring Naomi Enchong (Melzer, 2016)
In 2001, Naomi Enchong’s husband Rwandan veteran John Enchong was diagnosed with PTSD and medically discharged on TPI (totally and permanently incapacitated). Naomi openly talks about the impact of PTSD on their lives and how she had no idea how bad things were when John tried to commit suicide, she knew they were bad but not that bad. Naomi believes it is vital to talk about suicide and not stay silent. Naomi and John are passionate about raising awareness of PTSD and mental health issues because they have seen too many people they loved take their own lives due to PTSD. Naomi's emotional personal story offers hope and inspiration.
The Ripple Effect of PTSD featuring Liz and Scott Jackman (Melzer, 2016)
Liz Jackman was left wondering who helps the families when her husband Australian veteran Scott Jackman came home and told her the Army didn’t want him anymore. Scott served with 8/9 RAR and deployed to both East Timor and Afghanistan. During the 2012 deployment to Afghanistan Scott fell down the side of a mountain and sustained shoulder injuries. In 2013, Scott was up for a promotion but due to his back and neck injuries he was medically discharged with major depression and PTSD which was a bitter pill to swallow and lead to a downward spiral in Scott’s mental health. Liz and Scott’s life changed forever when Scott received an assistance dog called Whiskey. Liz, Scott and their three terrific sons, Tim, Matt and Sam have battled the impact of PTSD and mental health issues together and become an even closer family. A raw and emotional film that will touch your heart, and is a must see for dog lovers.
The Ripple Effect of PTSD featuring Bek Houghton and Michael Harding (Melzer, 2016)
In 2010, Australian veteran Michael Harding was involved in the Battle of Derapet during his deployment to Afghanistan, a firefight that lasted three and a half hours in which a section mate, Jared, was shot and killed. Days later, Michael presented to the doctor with involuntary full body muscular twitches and was subsequently diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Upon returning home Michael commenced the gold standard treatment for PTSD however it was making him feel worse on a daily basis. Michael drank heavily to overcome the zombie feeling from the medication and as a result became an alcoholic. Bek is Michael’s loving carer, she decided that she had to do something to help Michael which led to her researching the symptoms of PTSD. Bek found alternative therapies to help improve Michael’s PTSD symptoms which improved the quality of their lives and saved their relationship. Bek and Michael are advocates of multiple holistic modalities, such as, nutrition, medicinal cannabis, float therapy and yoga.
The Ripple Effect of PTSD featuring Marissa Josephs & veteran Andrea Josephs (Melzer, 2016)
Australian veteran Andrea Josephs was deployed to East Timor in 1997 as an Operator Supply. During Andrea’s time in the army she experienced verbal harassment, bullying, and sexual harassment. In 2004, Andrea went through a military court hearing that found one of her perpetrators charged and found guilty. Andrea was discharged two days later. In 2014, after fighting an invisible wound for ten years Andrea was diagnosed with PTSD. Andrea’s eldest daughter, 18 year-old Marissa Joseph’s was thrown into the adult world when Andrea attempted suicide, unfortunately Marissa was not taken seriously when her single mother was in hospital being treated and she had to fight for her and her three younger sisters to be heard by the doctors and psychiatrists. This deeply personal story is one of heartbreak, love, and resilience.
The Ripple Effect of PTSD featuring Kirsty and James Greenshields (Melzer,2016)
Australian veteran James Greenshields denied his PTSD symptoms firstly because he was a front line soldier and didn’t want to be seen as weak and secondly because from his observation he believed that the military system wasn’t effective at helping soldiers with PTSD. James and his wife Kirsty found their marriage on shaky ground due to James’ PTSD denial. Desperate to help their marriage and her husband, Kirsty took action and dragged James’ arse to an emotional intelligence workshop and James admitted for the first time to other people he had a problem. This was the catalyst that started the journey of their relationship and family life getting better, they worked together to overcome being stuck in the PTSD mud. James had many hurdles along the way however he kept taking steps forward and over a period of eighteen months he moved into Post Traumatic Growth. Kirsty and James have a cherished marriage blessed with two beautiful daughters. An inspirational and life changing story with a key message ‘Put Your Hand Up’.
Donna Reggett film: Kym Melzer – Producer/Director/Editor Jed Melzer – Title Sequence Shannon Reimer - Original Score Karen McLaren film: Kym Melzer – Producer/Director/Editor Jed Melzer – Title Sequence Shannon Reimer - Original Score Naomi Enchong film: Kym Melzer – Producer/Director/Editor Jed Melzer – Title Sequence Ryan Brown – Original Score Liz & Scott Jackman film: Kym Melzer – Producer/Director/Editor Jed Melzer – Title Sequence Ryan Brown – Original Score Bek Houghton & Michael Harding film: Kym Melzer – Producer/Director/Editor Tim Corboy – Director of Photography/Editor Elliot Lewis-Hall – Camera Operator Campbell Brennan – Sound Recordist Jed Melzer – Title Sequence Shannon Reimer – Original Score Marissa & Andrea Josephs film: Kym Melzer – Producer/Director/Editor Tim Corboy – Director of Photography Elliot Lewis-Hall – Camera Operator Campbell Brennan – Sound Recordist Jed Melzer – Title Sequence Ryan Brown – Original Score Kirsty & James Greenshields film: Kym Melzer – Producer/Director/Editor Elliott Lewis-Hall – Director of Photography Elliott Lewis-Hall – Sound Recordist Jed Melzer – Title Sequence Ryan Brown – Original Score