June is Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month

Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month Warrior Support Team

Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness

According to the National Military Family Association, 1 in 5 service members who served in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom is, has been, or will be affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Of those affected by PTSD, up to 50% will not seek treatment and, of those who do seek treatment, only half will receive "minimally adequate" treatment. CDC defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. Injuries may result from blasts in combat, motor vehicle accidents, falls, flying objects, or assaults. According to the DoD, there have been 383,947 service members diagnosed with TBI since 2000.

In response to these alarming statistics, the United States Senate designated June 27 as PTSD Awareness Day in 2010 and, since then, a number of military, veterans, and mental health organizations have asked the general public to spend the month of June raising awareness of PTSD. In 2014, the Senate designated the full month of June for National PTSD Awareness (S. Res. 481). We encourage you to click through the links below to learn more about PTSD and what you can do to raise awareness.

DoD: National Center for PTSD

Senate Resolution designating PTSD Awareness Day

The purpose of PTSD Awareness Month is to encourage everyone to raise public awareness of PTSD and effective treatments.

Greater understanding and awareness of PTSD will help Veterans and others recognize symptoms, and seek and obtain needed care. Dr. Paula P. Schnurr Executive Director of the National Center for PTSD

After a trauma or life-threatening event, it is common to have reactions such as upsetting memories of the event, increased jumpiness, or trouble sleeping. If these reactions do not go away or if they get worse, you may have Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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