The All Stars Diving Foundation aims to assist (former) professional care providers like law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics and (former) employees of the army who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or who suffer from other similar psychological complaints. The men and women who take action in situations that citizens run away from or can run away from. Our rescuers are heroes. But even heroes sometimes have a hard time.
Known figures from the Dutch police (PTSD at the police – A better picture 2012) show that after treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), 60% still have residual complaints. Residual complaints such as concentration problems, nervousness, sleeping problems, palpitations, fatigue and irritability.
All Stars Diving Foundation focuses on this group. There are some good initiatives in the field of active therapy in the Netherlands. However, these are largely one-day activities. All Stars Diving is not focused on providing a fun outing, but is focused on providing an experience that has a positive impact on life.
The All Stars Diving Foundation is not a replacement for professional therapy, but can be an excellent addition or a support for when the therapy stops. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a constant battle. Diving therapy is associated with building trust, creating new social contacts and group support.
In short, this means an improvement in general health, personal well-being, social skills, general quality of life and an improved mental condition and reduction of psychological complaints.