Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a condition that comes about after a person has been subjected to some type of traumatic event. PTSD can have long term consequences, and needs to be better understood, both in effective treatments and in generally in our local communities. You can help to raise awareness locally. The more is known about PTSD, the better it is for those who are dealing with the consequences, whether armed forces personnel or people who have faced a seriously traumatic situation and are living with the aftermath, suffering nightmares and other symptoms.

There are many organizations, either local, state or federal, that are engaged in raising awareness and providing services to those with a family member who is suffering from PTSD. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs National Center for PTSD was established back in 1989 to address the needs of military members who are dealing with the consequences of this condition, and you can access their website to find out how you add your support for this critical need. For children, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers information to families who need help with a child that has lived through a traumatic incident and is having trouble with PTSD.

National PTSD Awareness Day was established by Congress in 2010, and falls on June 27. Locally, you can create an event at your school, church, place of work to raise awareness of PTSD and those who are suffering from this condition right in your local community. There are resources such as information flyers that can be printed out and shared to bring attention to the problem, and how to help veterans and others who are living with the condition.

It is hoped that medical science will advance to the point where workable solutions are readily available for people living with PTSD, as up to now, it is believed that it cannot be cured… only managed. It is expected that this will change, and it is clear that interaction with others who care is always an important factor in recovering health, whether physical or mental. You can volunteer your time at one of the many organizations that support our veterans in your local community.

If you have a friend, family member or neighbor who has recently suffered a traumatic event (car accident, truck accident, or other shocking incident), check on them. PTSD is also a common outcome for people who have been in an accident, particularly if others were seriously injured or the accident was severe. Reach out to help, and your actions can make a difference in the life of another person.