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National PTSD Awareness Day June 27th: Ways to Help PTSD Victims

June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day

June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day.  The VA’s National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is working to increase PTSD awareness.  The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers this list ten ways you can help those suffering with PTSD:

Ten ways community members can help:

  1. Understand that anyone can experience trauma, such as accidents, assault, war, or disasters.
  2. Think broadly. When trauma happens, the survivor’s family, friends, coworkers, and community are affected.
  3. Learn about common reactions to trauma and readjustment to life outside a war zone.
  4. Be aware of where get help for trauma survivors, Veterans, and people with PTSD.
  5. Expand your understanding of how PTSD is identified and treated.
  6. Know that treatment for PTSD works.
  7. Ask a Veteran or trauma survivor if talking would help, but do not push if someone is not ready to discuss things.
  8. Realize that stigma is a barrier to getting treatment. Getting people to talk or seek help is not always easy. Your encouragement matters.
  9. Know the facts. More than half of US adults will experience trauma in their lifetime. About 7% of adults will deal with PTSD at some point. For Veterans and male and female sexual assault survivors, the figure is higher.
  10. Connect with self-help resources, apps, and videos about PTSD.

Stay informed about PTSD through the VA’s PTSD Monthly Update.

This is a public service announcement (PSA) brought to you by Veteran Owned Business.   To learn more about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), ways to identify those who may be suffering from PTSD and the various options available to those who may be suffering from PTSD, please visit the VA’s National Center for PTSD at: http://www.ptsd.va.gov.  You can also call the PTSD Information Line at (802) 296-6300.

Here is a list of PTSD Resources including organizations and departments who are all working together to create awareness of PTSD and find effective treatments that can help.

If you are in crisis, please call 911, go to your nearest Emergency Room, or call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)(Spanish/Español 1-888-628-9454). NOTE: Veterans, press “1” after you call — or Veterans can chat live with a crisis counselor at any time of day or night.

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