Yass Valley Library received a gift yesterday, when Karen Williams, a volunteer and founding member of Remount, donated copies of “Do You Still Love Me? Because I Really Love You!”.
The book, written by Heather Gibson, is aimed a primary school-aged children. It is designed to help kids understand the impact that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can have on their parents, and why it might be causing them to behave unusually.
“It’s really a book about helping children understand the effects of PTSD on their parents and their family,” Ms Williams said.
“Quite often if a parent is suffering from stress or illness, children feel that they don’t understand the situation, and quite often they feel like they’re contributing to it.”
The book is an important addition to the work that Remount does. The organisation specialises in helping veterans of war overcome their mental demons through horsework.
Ms Williams has a medical and military background, so the book holds additional poignancy and importance for her.
“In our current population of contemporary veterans, PTSD is prevalent,” Ms Williams said.
“And that not only affects the veteran themselves, and their career, and their life in general, but their partners [and] their families.”
The library is not the only beneficiary of donations from Remount. Various primary schools and families have also been given books from the organisation as part of an initiative to ensure that the knowledge is as widely available as possible.
Remount is based in Bowning, and was founded last year as a not-for-profit organisation for the benefit of war veterans and their families.