SITREP - Mk2 Veterans Journal
It's all about the Veteran
SITREP Journals - Learn to thrive ad not just survive!
The second edition Mk2 SITREP Veterans Journal created by a Veteran soldier of The Light Division (Light Infantry and Royal Green Jackets), retired response police officer and SEN Teaching Assistant in primary schools with his own mental health issues, including PTSD and Anxiety. These journals are for anyone who struggles with their mental health.
Aimed at but not solely Veterans, servicemen and women. It’s for anyone who struggles with their mental health. It is still a place for logging and processing what goes on inside your head. Those recurring flashbacks, dreams, thoughts, emotions and feelings. But after positive feedback and suggestions from users of the first edition, Mk1, it is now also an aide-memoire that can be used as a daily entry desktop notebook for personal and business use.
SITREP Mk2 Veterans Journal is also now “Front Loaded” with the information Darren used to help him not only live with PTSD but make positive steps forward every day.
It details how SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity supported him and explains why the profits from each sale will be donated to them so they can continue to help others.
SSAFA has endorsed the journal, but not for that reason alone. Like Colin Maclachlan, they agree that using the SITREP Veterans Journals could help other Veterans manage their PTSD and mental health struggles.
Created by Darren Finley
SITREP The Veterans Journal Mk2: MTP - Front Loaded
Bigger, Better and Endorsed by SSAFA the Armed Forces Charity This is the Mk2 Veterans Journal. After feedback from those who purchased the Mk1 journals Darren reacted to and has now launched this The Mk2 Veterans Journal.
Darren, struggled with depression for a long time. Then, to compound that further, someone very close took their own life. Although undiagnosed at the time, this triggered PTSD and anxiety. It ultimately led to resigning from his role as a British Transport Police Officer as he could no longer cope with the responsibility and regular exposure to stressful and traumatic situations of a frontline officer.
Fast forward six months: life became even more of a struggle and he was living in a tent working as a campsite warden to pay for his pitch, electricity, and the debt he was unaware he had from a ‘previous life’. Darren’s PSTD went undiagnosed for six years until, eventually, when taking part in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, he started to use the SITREP format to help journal to what was going on inside his head. It proved a successful way to keep a running log of what worked and did not work when the darkness (and his PTSD alter-ego “Dick” entered the room!) This is not a Gratitude Journal in the familiar sense. It combines a journal, an aide-memoire and a daily diary/planner to help keep your life organised.
Many of you will be all too familiar with the feelings of overwhelm those with PTSD and mental health issues can feel if there is no way to organise your thoughts. Brain dumping and getting the day’s events into this journal will help the user understand what is going on in their head. Because even occasional SITREPS can be stress relieving when focusing on emotional processing. Among many other benefits, journalising has been scientifically proven to help:
•Counteract many of the adverse effects of stress
•Improve cognitive function