By Denise Holcomb
As May Mental Health Awareness Month comes to an end we look separately at a mental disorder called PTSD. In 2010, the U.S. Senate declared June 27 to be National PTSD Awareness Day. In 2014, the U.S. Senate designated June as the official month for PTSD Awareness. The designated color for PTSD is teal. PTSD became a diagnosis with influence from a number of social movements, such as Veteran, feminist, and Holocaust survivor advocacy groups. Research about Veterans returning from combat was a critical piece to the creation of the diagnosis. So, the history of what is now known as PTSD often references combat history.
As A Community, How Can We Observe PTSD Month ?
- Stand with PTSD Survivors: PTSD survivors need care, attention, and love. Research shows that people recover faster from illness if they have supporters in the shape of friends and/or family. Be there for them by being informed about their specific symptoms, directing them to professional help, or just lending them an ear.
- Learn About PTSD: Research about PTSD’s causes, symptoms, and treatments. You will be better equipped in helping people in the future or even yourself.
- Talk About PTSD: The main aim of National PTSD Awareness Month is to spread awareness about it. Talk to your friends and family, go to events related to it, and donate to PTSD organizations if you can afford to. But whatever you choose to do, don’t stop spreading information about the disorder.
Check out the PTSD Calendar: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/understand/awareness/docs/PTSDAware_Calendar.pdf