Would veterans dealing with PTSD and/or depression benefit from participating in auto racing?
June 19, 2012 10:11 PM Subscribe
Would participating in auto racing help Veterans dealing with PTSD and/or depression?
I am especially interested (although not exclusively) in getting feedback from few different perspectives:
1) Clinical Practitioners – Would this help or hinder someone dealing with PTSD and/or depression?
2) Veterans – Does this seem valuable from the perspective of someone dealing with PTSD and/or depression?
3) Racers – Any suggestions on what kind of racing might lend its self to this? (My thoughts were Autocross, Chump Car
, or Club Racing
posted by empty vessel to health & fitness (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Having gone through a dark spell myself over the last couple of years one of the things that helped pull me out of it was getting involved with autocrossing
. The next event gave me something else to focus on beside the circumstances that I was obsessing over that were dragging me down. My experience having served on submarine for four years and the circumstances I’ve dealt with personally pale in comparison to what the Vets coming home from multiple combat tours are dealing with. I have been developing a real passion for racing but at 41 year of age it will really never result into anything more than a hobby. My thought is instead of focusing on developing another hobby I would combine my passion for racing and helping Veterans.
Right now all I have is my passion, an idea, and some good intentions. I am ready and willing to throw myself into this. My question revolves around the concerns that this would this potentially do more harm than good and if I do move forward with this that I structure it appropriately.
I was able to find similar programs:
One sponsored by Safety-Kleen
which seems to focus on job skills and transition while Racing4Vets
is focused on physically disabled veterans.