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In Remembrance

Nov.-11-2013-at-Picton-UnitedHundreds of Prince Edward County citizens stood in the cold and rain as they honoured the fallen, and the sacrifices of war, during Remembrance Day services at Picton, Wellington and Consecon.

At Picton, The Royal Canadian Legion hosted a service at Picton United Church prior to the traditional ceremony at the cenotaph. Attendees included a significant number of personnel from 8 Wing Trenton and from the Hastings Prince Edward Regiment, with representatives from Peterborough, Cobourg and Belleville. The Hasty Ps are celebrating their 150th year – tracing origins to the 16th Prince Edward regiment, established in 1863. Members of Picton Squadron 851, the Air Cadet League of Canada also participated.

Michael Slatter

Michael Slatter

Michael Slatter, accompanied by four members of the ‘Partners in Recovery’ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) group, shared a heartfelt story of a tumultuous journey in the military, and at home; and how he began to find healing and understanding four years ago when he was diagnosed, then began treatment, for PTSD.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder can occur following a life-threatening event like military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults. Most survivors of trauma return to normal given time, however, some people have reactions that don’t go away on their own, or may even get worse over time. These individuals may develop PTSD.

Diagnosed four years ago, Slatter told of suffering from nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, depression and substance abuse. He explained the disorder is also associated with difficulties in social and family life.

His audience responded with a standing ovation in support and encouragement as he continues his journey. Slatter thanked his family and the family members of the four men who shared the stage.

“Mediation, counselling, family support and learning what the problem was – PDST – has put me on a path to help me deal with my demons. At times, it’s still a struggle but the group therapy has helped tremendously. I’m on guard now to move forward.”




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  1. Susan in North says:

    Wonderful and emotional photos..great coverage County Live!

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