According to Beyond Blue, around 12% of Australians will suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) in their lifetime. Anyone can develop it after a traumatic incident and symptoms include distressing memories, poor sleep patterns, negative mood as well as agitation and changes in behaviour. While there is an increasing awareness about the condition, much more can be done. One person shedding light on this condition is Michael Hosking who served as an Intelligence Infantryman with the Australian Army during the Vietnam war. He has written a book about his experiences titled 'Rescued from Vietnam' and will be speaking at Stella's Hotel in Dromana on the 6th of July 2016 at 7:30pm and at Box-Hill RSL on the 21st of July 2016 at 7:30pm.
The author Michael Hosking with his wife Elizabeth
These events will be an opportunity to listen to Michael's fascinating adventures which begins with a 40 year old box of unopened letters. Unlike Pandora's box, the eventual opening of these letters brought healing and an acknowledgement of a higher power at play. The key message is a spiritual one. Asked whether anyone can recover from PTSD, Michael says a resounding 'yes!' His journeys across Europe, Asia and Australia after the war merged meaning into his heart and his hope is to encourage veterans in particular to 'seek and accomplish their recovery.' Michael currently lives in Dromana where he and his wife Elizabeth run Manna Heights B&B. Rescued from Vietnam can be purchased here.