Online Student Brings Awareness to PTSD and Suicide Prevention Among Veterans

“Right now 22 soldiers a day are committing suicide. We need to change that. This is no longer an option…” –Steven Burke

Steven used powerful imagery in his presentation to demonstrate the scenes a solider may see on a daily basis.

One of the components in Jerry Lovrien’s Online capstone class is for students to complete both a paper and oral presentation. But, when Bachelor of Science in health care management student Steven Burke submitted his oral presentation in the form of a screencast-o-matic, the instructor says he was left “speechless”.

More specifically, Lovrien notes the assignment was “an outstanding and moving presentation”.

So, what could be so moving and outstanding about a simple screencast-o-matic presentation? Simply put, it was the topic that Steven chose.

Steven, a recent Globe University-Online graduate and twice deployed Army veteran himself, decided to bring awareness to an important topic facing many veterans today, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and suicide.

As a disabled veteran, Steven easily identified with these disorders that disproportionally affect other veterans, like himself. Steven says, “I have a lot of military friends who also struggle with some form of mental illness, whether it’s depression, anxiety, or simply Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.”

Steven says conditions such as the one pictured above are normal for soldiers. These type of conditions have an effect after awhile and contribute to returning soldiers mental disorders.

“One of the things with mental health is that you can’t see it,” says the veteran. So, Steven’s hope was to paint a better picture of these disorders using the screencast-o-matic software. Through screencast-o-matic, Steven aimed to help his peers in the classroom visualize the effects these mental disorders can have on a veteran’s life.

Steven says the biggest factor he tried to convey during his presentation was the idea that, “There are some things you see that you’re not supposed to see, that you can never un-see. And it’s really hard to explain that. Know that the person who leaves for combat is not the same person that returns.”

To listen in, and see Steven’s amazing screencast-o-matic presentation check out the link HERE.

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