Terminal Employee Martin Iversen uses his job in the battle against PTSD
25 January 2024
Four years ago, Martin was diagnosed with PTSD. Despite the challenges it brings, he refuses to let PTSD define his life. His work at Danske Fragtmænd has become a significant part of his fight against the illness.
Not every night brings Martin equal amounts of sleep. The PTSD diagnosis makes it difficult for him to find peace. On other days, his mood fluctuates, affecting his temperament. Martin, however, believes medication isn't his way out of PTSD. Instead, he utilizes his workplace and colleagues at the Danske Fragtmænd terminal in Odense as part of his treatment.
"When I'm alone at home, my mind can be filled with thoughts. Work allows me to focus on something else. I like that there's always something happening. It means a lot to me that there are people I can talk to. Opening up about what's going on in my head helps a lot," says Martin.
Martin Iversen works at the Danske Fragtmænd terminal in Odense
He has been working at the Odense terminal for the past two years. Initially nervous about how his leaders and colleagues would handle his illness, Martin was relieved when they welcomed him warmly. Understanding his situation, the leaders gave him space to create a structured daily routine.
"In the afternoons, I can approach my leaders and tell them if I'm having a rough day. They understand my needs and are skilled at being considerate. Having supportive leaders means a lot to me. My colleagues are also good at being considerate. The older generation may have been a bit skeptical at first, but after an article in Fyns Stiftstidende, they gained a good understanding of what PTSD is," explains Martin.
He enjoys his job as it adds meaning to his everyday life. Dreaming of using the experiences gained from his diagnosis to help others, Martin is currently completing a mentorship course to support new employees at Danske Fragtmænd.
"I want to show that a diagnosis shouldn't prevent you from doing what you love. That's why I openly talk about my own diagnosis. I've also found that it's one of the best forms of medicine when I discuss it. Speaking about PTSD not only helps me but also helps others understand me and how my mind works. I hope the experiences and knowledge I have about mental illness can inspire others," concludes Martin.