Sunday, August 28, 2011

Fearless Nation

Today I traveled to the library and art gallery of the Fearless Nation, a PTSD support sim. The sim is very straightforward, listing the rules and the goals of the sim which is to provide a virtual space where people can discuss, learn and become aware of PTSD. There are no bookcases or tables with “books.” Rather, there are several walls that have information in bullet point form about many different topics concerning PTSD such as causes, types, symptoms and ways to find help. You’re supposed to be able to click on them for more information, but that didn’t seem to work for me. That aside there was plenty of content to read, more than many libraries I have come across.

On the top level is a kind of art gallery that exhibits art made by individuals affected by PTSD. Many times these art pieces are therapeutic expressions of the artists’ feelings regarding their situations. They were really moving and I think it was a great idea to include in the library.

I think this library was actually a good representation of how organizations like Fearless Nation can try to reach out to people in the SL community who may be suffering from PTSD and could benefit from finding out more. What I really liked was that they state very quickly that they are not trained professionals in treating the disorder but they can help you find help in real life. I think this is a fairly good resource for those in SL who might need such guidance.
What do you readers think about Second Life as a way to extend help people in real life? Are the benefits worth the risks?
-Artemisia

2 Comments:

At September 1, 2011 at 11:10 AM , Blogger colleen3k said...

Thank you for visiting our Library! We have a public sim and a private sim for group members, five weekly meetings, and many events and concerts for people with PTSD.

Tha notegivers work--you need to touch/R-click the base of the displays--with the Grid switching to mesh and people juggling viewers, there may be a delay -- we check these displays daily.

We boast participation of over 500 people worldwide, both inworld and RL. AS for "risk" we inform our members as part of our legal protection that we cannot provide the same "one-to-one" therapy that RL can. But there is power in a group, and in educating oneself about the PTS condition, and being a savvy consumer of psychological/medical/psychiatric services.

More information about PTSD including media and downloads can be found at our website: http://www.fearless-nation.org

Colleen M. Crary, M.A. (Anya Ibor in SL)
Founder and Executive Director
FEARLESS NATION PTSD SUPPORT, Inc.
~ A 501c3 Non Profit Organization ~

 
At September 8, 2011 at 9:16 AM , Blogger Al-Qantara said...

Thanks for the response and clearing-up my problem with the notegivers! The fact that you do inform visitors straight forwardly is something I really appreciated about your sim. As I said before, your library is a good example of how organizations like yours can be used to inform the community. I think you guys are doing a great job of running your sim efficiently and keeping it active.
Thanks for the information as well!
-Artemisia

 

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