The organization is new but the cause is not; a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) support group opened its doors Monday evening in Weyburn.
Operational Stress Injury Canada (OSI CAN) was founded in January by Chris Siddons. His intention is to create support groups for PTSD in every major centre across the province.
"Myself and the Royal Canadian Legion and the Canadian Mental Health Association ... realized there was a gap with providing services to veterans in our community, responders with peer support and wrap-around resources," said Siddons, who is a military veteran.
Siddons was diagnosed with PTSD in 2014. He said for those suffering, it's about being able to talk with people who understand what you are going through.
"I lead these groups and it's a peer support. So, I'm a peer as well, I'm still in recovery," he said.
"People are more likely to open up and talk and realize more about their own selves and own wellbeing, and more understanding."
Although many resources are available online, Siddons said it's about finding a group of people who can support those with these types of injuries - on a weekly basis.
"The group will meet at the same time and place every week. So, I'm not asking for anybody to show up every week; it's there available if they feel the need to come and talk or be among people that get it."
The Weyburn support group meets Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Legion hall.
Currently, the support groups are for those suffering with PTSD or occupational stress injury. However, Siddons said, down the road it will be extended to family members of those suffering or diagnosed.