It was in 2013, our life changed to Patrick and me when he had a serious accident while driving his truck. When he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, we knew nothing about this injury. We thought only the military could suffer. The CNESST took charge of it quickly but for me, the spouse, I discovered a new person whom I no longer recognized.
I experienced all the unimaginable emotions in the first few months, all the symptoms related to PTSD, he had them, I even had, for his good, to rush him to the psychiatric hospital. After three years in the dark, I rolled up my sleeves and decided to go and ask the specialists questions; my observation is that I should have been educated on the subject in order to better help my spouse. I was part of the equation.
I started by creating a Facebook page to see if I was the only spouse to experience this in Quebec. The reaction was surprising from the truckers. Many contacted me because they had never had help following a road accident. So I created my first explanatory pamphlet on PTSD in 2016 and the reaction was unanimous, truckers needed help just like veterans.
Since that time, we have an amazing team of volunteers working to find the truck drivers that are involved in the accident so that we can offer them our help and expertise as quickly as possible. We also have a team of psychoeducators specializing in PTSD who support truckers in order to get them back on the road with good psychological health.
Your support and contributions will help us achieve better conditions for truckers. Your generosity and your donation will allow us to offer psychoeducation services free of charge.