The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have raised the profile of post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. But just hearing about it is one thing – understanding it takes more effort.
Yet, it’s important because many people who have only “heard” about PTSD tend to paint all with the same broad brush when individualized understanding is needed. So, the Department of Veterans Affairs is working to raise awareness and understanding.
The VA has launched its campaign: Take a Step – Raise PTSD Awarness:
Why do your actions matter for others? If you have PTSD, treatment can help you get better and live a full life. If you are a provider, you can help someone take the step into treatment. And anyone in the community can make a difference by understanding more about PTSD.
Here are seven steps suggested by the VA:
- Participate in PTSD Awareness Day events: Thursday, June 27th.
- Choose one or more of our 10 Steps to Raise PTSD Awareness and reach out to others.
- Point someone in need to www.PTSD.va.gov or AboutFace.
- Share with others on our Facebook page to encourage treatment seeking.
- Collaborate with us to Raise PTSD Awareness: Working Together.
- Providers can volunteer to help Veterans, service members and families through groups like Give an Hour* and Joining Forces.
- Know how to refer or point someone to resources for help: Community toolkits