The National Center for PTSD promotes awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and effective treatments throughout the year. Starting in 2010, Congress named June 27 PTSD Awareness Day. In 2014, the Senate designated the full month of June for National PTSD Awareness. Efforts are underway to continue this designation for the third consecutive year in 2016.
After a traumatic event, most people have painful memories. For many people, the effects of the event fade over time. But for others, the memories, thoughts and feelings don’t go away — even months or years after the event is over. Mental health experts are not sure why some people develop PTSD and others do not. If stress reactions do not improve over time and they disrupt everyday life, it is important to seek help to determine if PTSD is present
The purpose of PTSD Awareness Month is to encourage everyone to raise public awareness of PTSD and effective treatments.
We can all help those affected by PTSD. You can make a difference.
“Greater understanding and awareness of PTSD will help veterans and others recognize symptoms, and seek and obtain needed care,” said Dr. Paula P. Schnurr, executive director of the National Center for PTSD.
VA provides treatment for the nation’s veterans and conducts research on PTSD, including the prevention of stress disorders. The campaign supports veterans, their families, and all those who have experienced trauma to get care. Be a part of PTSD Awareness Month.
“Raising PTSD awareness is essential to overcoming the myth, mis information and stigma surrounding this mental health problem,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald. “We encourage everyone to join us in this important effort.”