Patrick Stewart with a Message for Women (but fellas, listen closely)

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Sir Patrick Stewart Speaks Out on PTSD and Battered Women

The following video was taken at a Q&A with Patrick Stewart at Comicpalooza 2013 just this past weekend in Houston, TX but the topic isn’t about Star Trek, X-Men, or even his notable work in the theatre.  No, our favorite sci-fi (and for some of us, Shakespearian) actor touches on a dramatically more down to earth topic and speaks with such passion and feeling it would make even Hamlet in the midst of his madness shed a tear.

An intimate moment when Patrick Stewart confides about the affect of PTSD on his family.

In this short clip, Sir Stewart speaks of his own childhood experiences while showing compassion and even respect for his audience.  As the emotion rises in his voice, he talks about his father, a long time sufferer of what was then called “Shell-Shock” but we now know to be Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.  This is a serious physical physical and mental condition which is disturbingly common with both American Soldiers and British Soldiers who have recently returned from the Middle East.

“…I work for Refuge for my mother and I work for Combat Stress for my father in equal measure.”

Even more passionately he tells us about his mother who was the victim of spousal abuse.  He confides to a riveted audience that he works with several organizations that reach out women who are victims of domestic violence such as Refuge  (http://refuge.org.uk/) in his mother’s name “because I couldn’t help her then, now I can.”   At the conclusion he emphatically states “… violence is never, ever a choice that a man should make!” to which he received a standing ovation from both men and women in the audience (and consequently caused goose bumps along with an overwhelming sense of pride from this simple writer).

He even gives a shout out to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings who recently spoke on these topics with him at an Amnesty International (http://www.amnesty.org/) event for the United Nations.

A hug for Heather from Sir Patrick Stewart

This was all initiated by Heather Skye http://lemonsweetie.tumblr.com/ , a local Star Trek: TNG enthusiast who chose to not ask a question about warp theory or what it was like working with Hugh Jackman, but something of a more serious nature.  She thanked Patrick Stewart for his speech at Amnesty International confessing how it helped her on an extremely personal level.  In an act of bravery that must have been difficult for her on many levels she touched on her own experiences and received a heartfelt hug from her favorite actor for her troubles.  She tells her side of the story on her blog, http://lemonsweetie.tumblr.com/post/51652237280/let-me-tell-you-a-thing-about-an-amazing-man. At the end of her now viral video, she posted contact numbers for both Spousal Abuse and PTSD hotlines (which I will share with you at the end of this article) along with an empowered message:

“I hope everyone who needs help in abusive or violent situations has the courage to do so. There are people willing and ready to help you.”

Thank you, Heather and Patrick, for giving voice and courage to those who need it most.

If you need help, please reach out!

USA Hotline for Domestic Abuse
1−800−799−SAFE(7233)

Vets in USA with PTSD Hotline
1-800-273-8255, press 1.

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Refuge Hotline in UK
0808-2000-247

Combat Stress Hotline In UK
0800-138-1619

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