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Halifax police officer launches clothing line aimed at helping people with PTSD

"I got thinking about what I've been through and how I could prevent somebody else from going through the same process where they were left for dead and needed help," said Mark Long 
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Const. Mark Long (CrackedArmour.com)

A Halifax man dealing with post traumatic stress has started his own clothing line.

It's called Cracked Armour and he started it, in part, to help people like him.

Mark Long started his career as a police officer in 2002 and was later diagnosed with PTSD in 2016.

Then in May of last year, he attended a PTSD treatment program in Ohio called 'Save a Warrior'. 

Long told NEWS 95.7 he started his clothing line after that visit.

"They taught me the value of a lot of things that really bother first responders and veterans," he said. "When they leave the job, they don't feel like they have a purpose anymore and that's something I really struggled with." 

Long said he came up with the idea for the name after talking openly with first responders like him who have been diagnosed with PTSD.

"I got thinking about what I've been through and how I could prevent somebody else from going through the same process where they were left for dead and needed help," said Long. 

Proceeds from the clothing will go to 'Save a Warrior' and other mental health programs in Canada and the United States. 



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