UNDER CONSTRUCTION...Welcome to Flight of the Dragonfly Foundation
Helping survivors move foreward
My name is Daniel, I am a thriver. I fought Veteran's Affairs Canada for two years to get help with a severe chronic PTSD label and learn to get back on my feet. It has been 20 years, and, with the VA's continuing help, though I sometimes struggle, sometimes fall, I have learned to keep getting up, that things can get better, and now I live a relatively normal life.
Along the way, though, I met many people, from other veteran's the system had not recognized yet, to people who had survived severe abuse, rape, life threatening situations. It's not just something that happens to soldiers or other frontline workers. It can happen to anyone. Those I met suffered just as much as I felt I had, if not more than I for those who did not survive it. A lot of those people did not have the help I was blessed with. They had no insurance so they could not afford the high cost of long-term counselling therapy. The consequences were devastating for many of them, from social isolation, to self-medication, to attempted, and successful, suicides. I have seen enough, I want to change the way world is working, to turn my issue into my strength, to use what I have learned to make the world a better place. I am teaming up with other like-minded people to form this organization, the flightofthedragonfly.org, to help those the system leaves behind. Our purpose is to help survivors deal with the effects of PTSD by helping where insurance and healthcare plans fail.
Our goal is to help those who need to heal to be able to afford healers. On our own, the journey from survivor to thriver is filled with risk, magnified all the more for those who cannot afford the high cost of professional counselling, have no insurance, and have no other resources.
In Canada, there is no such thing as mental health insurance. If a person is victimized as a part of their job, there may be insurance coverage, but often, it is limited, ending at the moment one is able to return to work, not when they feel healed. Our goal is to help those who feel they need counselling, but their employers' insurance no longer covers it, if it ever did. Surviving is not something that exclusively happens while on the job.
In emergencies, when people are in crisis because of the severe effects of PTSD, especially when the police become involved, Provincial Health Care plans offer as little as a maximum of 6 sessions of emergency counselling. Once again, the goal does not appear to be to help survivors on their healing journeys, but to help to the point that the survivor does not appear to be a threat to themselves or others. If those 6 sessions are insufficient or the survivor has a relapse...the cure can make things worse: lockup until they are SURE the person struggling is not a threat to themself or others. Had they helped beyond 6 sessions, helped as long as the person needed it, things may never have gone so far, so badly for many people. They may actually have learned to cope with the trauma in their lives, learned the coping strategies and methods it took me years to learn. 6 sessions? That's not health care, its an evaluation process for other purposes.
So where does that leave the survivor who needs help but is not covered by Veteran's Affairs, nor Worker's Compensation, nor employee benefits? It leaves them with the consequences of a failed system--self medicating; giving up; isolated from enjoyment of life; reliving trauma over and over again with no relief in sight.
That's why this non-profit organization was created--to help those who need help to get that help when there are no resources to pay for it. 100% of all proceeds from merchandise sales, rallies, events go to creating a funding place where those who cannot afford the cost of Social Worker and Psychologist fees, that can run from $150, $200 to $250 dollars per session/hour or more, can get the help they need. HELP...should not only be for those who can afford it or have enough insurance. We have left too many people behind.
Our goal, then, is to cover those fees for those who can't, so they can afford to get the help they want and need, so they can get back on with living--to go from survivor to thriver.