DoD launches virtual PTS website

The Department of Defense has launched a website, “Virtual PTSD Experience,” that will allow users to explore the causes and symptoms of post-traumatic stress in an anonymous setting on the Second Life virtual world platform. Second Life provides T2 a limitless space on the Internet where servicemembers can learn more about PTSD causes, symptoms and resources for information and care.

Visitors enter the Virtual PTSD Experience space through the Second Life website, which can be accessed for free. The Second Life virtual world uses avatars, or 3-D representations of individuals, to interact within the space. The avatars can walk, fly and move their bodies in many of the same ways people do. Guests can choose any of them, while providing complete anonymity for visitors to ask sensitive questions about PTSD and protecting against the stigma servicemembers associate with seeing behavioral health providers.

Once visitors have been accepted to use T2’s Second Life virtual space, named Psychological Health Island, they start at the Visitor Center, where they learn about the space and receive information about post-traumatic stress. T2 has developed several locations on the island, including the “downrange” experience, which has a simulation about the causes of PTSD, the “back home” experience, which provides information about realistic situations that can cause PTSD symptoms to show up in daily life and the “next steps” area, which has self-help information – ways to get in touch with live behavioral health providers and to access other Web resources.

Click here to visit the “Virtual PTSD Experience.”


  1. It is an incidious disorder, but there is a group that sponsors Businesses for Veterans. How about establishing businesses, or working with already established businesses to hire veterans who do suffer PTSD or even TBI's. The business would have to be carefully chosen and perhaps we might have to relocate some veterans and their families. One industry that might be considered is agricul-ture. NY was once a major agricultural State - there is land available and local people who can, and will, help new farmers break-in. Company farms would hire several workers, or we can establish company farms - vets would help one another deal with each-other's down time. With the cost of farm products increasing due to the drop in production, this could be an answer to several problems. Most of all, it could make heroes out of heroes who have already earned that title the hard way! Think about it!
  2. I was attempting to leave a message on the forum about dropping the D from PTSD and get moved into a site titled T2 Virtual PTSD Experience. Since the two sites are contradictory, I suggest dropping both and begin programs that will truly help those who suffer with the difficulty. Several years back, I spoke with one of those who suffers from PTS syndrome or disorder, makes no difference what it was called, he did not understand why he was having difficulty getting a job. Yes, he was receiving a disability pension, but he also needed a job. I explained why it was that businesses were automatically not hiring veterans of recent wars. Most of those returning from front line areas, have been affected with some truly damaging experiences. Often they have been treated for PTSD, but were not told so. Businesses can not hire for assembly line postions if they can't be sure veterans have not experienced such damage or have never been treated for it. See my next comment for completion.
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