Today We Observe National PTSD Awareness Day

In the African-American community, mental health issues are sometimes overlooked. However, understanding and treating mental health can lead to improvements in overall health throughout the community.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that typically affects individuals who have experienced traumatic events. PTSD is commonly attributed to military veterans, but assault victims and survivors of tragedies such as 9/11 can also suffer from the condition.

According to the National Center for PTSD, about 8 million adults in the United States suffer from PTSD at any time during a given year. Additionally, research suggests that racial minorities have a higher risk of experiencing PTSD.

In 2010, Congress voted to officially mark June 27 as National PTSD Awareness Day. In 2014, the entire month of June was designated as PTSD Awareness Month.

The National Center for PTSD says, “The purpose of PTSD Awareness Month is to encourage everyone to raise public awareness of PTSD and effective treatments.”

Many people who suffer from PTSD are unaware of the potential solutions available to them. Treatment options include therapy and medication.

Mental health problems do not discriminate; people can be vulnerable to mental illness regardless of age, race, or socioeconomic status. Chris Brown and Lady Gaga are examples of celebrities who suffer from PTSD.

National PTSD Awareness Day is helping bring awareness to PTSD, and other significant mental health issues that impact the lives of millions of people.

The National Center for PTSD provides many resources for seeking PTSD care. Information can be found here.

  • Contributed by Sydney Williams

WHUR Contributor

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