2019 Budget day is special in more than one way for Brantford-Brant MPP Will Bouma.
It was his first as the riding’s new MPP but perhaps more importantly, his signature Private Members Bill – PTSD Awareness Day, 2018-introduced July 31st, is included the Budget Bill.
If adopted as expected by the provincial government, June 27th of each year will be proclaimed PTSD Awareness Day.
Bouma has been a leader in raising awareness to dispel the stigma around PTSD.
As a volunteer firefighter with over 10 years of service with the County of Brant, he knows all too much about the struggles of post-traumatic stress.
“We hear about PTSD a lot these days. We hear it used to describe problems facing the men and women in our armed services, we hear it used to describe the experiences of victims of spousal abuse or playground bullies.” Said Bouma. “PTSD affects those who have been hurt in tragic accidents or other traumatic events.”
Police officers, firefighters, correctional officers, probation and parole officers, nurses, justice sector workers and many others have incredibly difficult jobs and come face to face with difficult situations.
Dispelling the stigma of post-traumatic stress disorder is a step in the right direction as we bring PTSD out of the darkness and provide some light to those who suffer from it.
“I know that marking a special day on the calendar isn’t enough when it comes to PTSD.
This bill is another way for me to say thank you to our veterans and first responders.
To all victims of PTSD, we’re saying, we know what you’re going through and there’s help for you.” Said MPP Bouma.