As many already know, the purpose of the TRIUMPH TRANS AMERICAN Charity Drive 2009, was not only to raise funds for three non-profits but to also increase the awareness to members of the general public of the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). How can you recognise it in others (or even yourself), how it affects those who suffer from it - and most importantly, where anyone can go to get vital help and therapy.

The three non-profits involved have been asked to let us know how their share of the funds raised - shared equally between them, were put to the use of each individual organisation.

CANADA - Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada, Montreal, Quebec

Thanks to John Macartney’s journey through North America, the Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada (ADAC/ACTA) hosted a consumer awareness event in Vancouver in the spring of 2010. The evening event welcomed close to 150 to a presentation on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in English and 50 people to a presentation on Generalized Anxiety in Mandarin. These free educational events are extremely beneficial to the general public who often doesn’t have access to information or professionals. In Canada, only visits with a psychiatrist are covered by provincial health plans, the average waiting list is 6 months. Therapists and psychologists charge anywhere from $80 to $200 an hour, prohibitive costs for most Canadians. Mental health specialists from the Board of Directors as well as a Mandarin speaking member from the Board of AnxietyBC were on hand to answer questions. Attendees left well informed and hopeful.

UNITED KINGDOM - Assist Trauma Care, Rugby

Two years down the track, the British charity has achieved a great deal. It has finally concluded negotiations and obtained a contract from Victim Support to provide essential therapy to people traumatised by specific events. Hitherto, its trauma therapists worked out of one office in central UK. Now, by the nature of what Victim Support does and the funding it extends to Assist Trauma Care, the charity has extended its services to employ fifteen therapists covering the whole country and strategically placed where there is a high level of need for their specialist skills. It is understood the charity may continue to recruit additional therapists to further extend its geographic coverage.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - Sidran Institute, Baltimore, Maryland

Report awaited from this organisation.