Ex-Marine to speak about ‘mental health epidemic’ at DeSales

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Former sailor, firefighter and police officer Travis Howze will speak on the subject of mental health as it affects many American veterans and first responders during a conference at DeSales University in Center Valley on Monday, October 3. (Credit: TravisHowze.com)

A former U.S. Marine, police officer and firefighter who wrote a book about his experiences dealing with post-traumatic stress, depression and survivor’s guilt will be the speaker at a free event at DeSales University’s Center Valley next week.

Travis Howze is now an internationally acclaimed author and motivational wellness educator, said a DeSales press release about the event.

According to the description of Howze’s book “Create Your Own Light: Finding Post-Traumatic Purpose” on Amazon, the traumatic exposures that affected his mental health began during childhood and later included “taking human life” as well as “to be assigned to the body”. recovery team made up of nine firefighter brothers, including one of his best friends…”

Today, Howze sports nine stars tattooed on his right arm to honor the nine killed in a June 2007 warehouse fire in Charleston, SC. ​​”Wounded in that same fire and wracked with guilt, Travis swore to move on and live a useful life,” his website reads.

During his speech, Howze, who served a total of 14 years in the military and emergency services, “will offer a realistic view of the mental health epidemic,” the press release said. “His motivational message focuses on targeting the signs and symptoms that affected personnel may display through various behavioral patterns and changes, as well as ways to deal with the trauma as it applies to the individual. , family and team.”

“Post-traumatic end” will take place Monday, Oct. 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the DeSales University Center at Station Avenue and Landis Mill Road in Center Valley.

Military personnel, veterans, first responders, and medical personnel are encouraged to attend the conference with their spouses/partners.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is mandatory.

Howze’s speech is sponsored by DeSales University’s Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program and the Office of Veterans and Military Services.

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