A new clinic is opening up in downtown Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to treat people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The clinic is called Astrill, and is located at 1015 Howe Street.
“This is a really exciting opportunity for our community and it’s a really powerful way to address some of the barriers that people with PTSD face,” said Dr. Daniel Astrall, chief medical officer at Astril.
The clinic has already helped a number of people with the condition, including one man who lost his leg and was paralyzed from the waist down after being struck by a truck while cycling.
“He’s been able to get back to his job, to get on his bike and ride a bike and he’s been walking again, and he can go to school and to the grocery store,” said Astrilla.
The man, who goes by “Coco,” says that when he returned to his life after the accident, he didn’t know how he would feel after having to relearn everything about his life.
He’s also a victim of sexual assault, and says he’s in need of a mental health support network.
“If it helps somebody, I would just be really happy.
It’s been a long time since I’ve had any sort of support,” he said.”
But when I got home, I saw that it was the only place I could go for support.
It was just like ‘OK, I can go, I’m back in my body and I can do it.'”
Dr. Astralla says that he has seen patients like Coco at the clinic, and hopes to open another one in the future.