NHTI Hosts Iraq War Veteran
PTSD Survivor Now Focuses on Reintegrating Soldiers Into Society
When Andrew O’Brien returned from Iraq in 2009, he suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a condition which eventually led to a suicide attempt. When he woke up in a hospital and realized his attempt had failed, he felt “a profound gratitude” and “a determination to do whatever he could to help other soldiers suffering the same way.”
This led to the publication of Andrew’s first book, Welcoming Your Soldier Home, a guide for families on how to handle PTSD. “My family was so upset and never understood why I had tried to take my own life, so maybe if you could understand more you can try and stop it from happening to your soldier,” says Andrew.
Since the book’s release in February 2013, Andrew has spoken across the country and been featured on many media outlets including ABC, NBC and FOX News. He has been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Army, and a Certificate of Special Recognition by the House of Representatives.
Andrew will speak in NHTI’s Sweeney Auditorium on Wednesday October 22 from 12 – 2 pm. The event is open to the public. Topics will include understanding PTSD, preventing military suicides, and integrating veterans into the workplace. There will be a reception after the formal presentation, from 2-3 pm. Andrew’s appearance is sponsored by the NHTI Veterans Club. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
Final Fall Art Class
Always wanted to take an art class, but never had the time (or the cash)? Now's your chance!
This fall, NHTI is offering a series of 4-week art classes in partnership with GoodLIfe Programs and Activities. The cost for each intensive, hands-on class is only $100, plus materials. These are non-credit classes. The final class begins October 28!
Introduction to Drawing with Sara Ellis
Tuesdays, Oct 28 - Nov 25 (except Veterans Day), 1 - 3 pm
Work with charcoal and pastel pencils on gray & black paper to complete two still life drawings. This will be a series of fun, relaxed classes learning the basics. All experience levels are welcome.
NHTI’s Visual Arts studios are located at 254 North State Street, next door to GoodLife Programs and Activities. For more information call (603) 228-6630, or email info@GoodLifeNH.org.
Oct 17, 2014