PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem some people experience after a traumatic life event such as being in combat, having an automobile accident or even suffering from abuse; and June has been dedicated to bringing awareness.  The hope is to let people know there are effective treatments available and you don’t have to suffer a lifetime.  You may be suffering from PTSD if after several months pass and you still have flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

If you think you or a loved one may be suffering from PTSD it is important to seek help as early as possible because an early diagnosis and treatment are key in overcoming the event.  There are various therapy options available depending on what you are going through as well medications to help with the anxiety and sleepless nights.  If untreated it can lead to other disorders such as depression, anxiety, drug or alcohol abuse, eating disorders, and even suicidal thoughts.

PTSD awareness is represented by the color teal.  So, remember in the month of June to wear teal and support PTSD awareness.  If you see the ribbons in black that is for those that have lost loved ones to suicide as a result of suffering from PTSD.

The following is the calendar from the Department of Veteran Affairs on what you can do to help with PTSD Awareness in June

June 1: Take the pledge to raise PTSD Awareness.

June 2: Use the VA’s PTSD image as your Social Media profile pic.

June 3: Share resources like the Veterans Crisis Line.

June 4: Download PTSD Coach or PTSD Family Coach apps.

June 5: Text a Veteran.

June 6: Like the VA’s PTSD Facebook page.

June 7: Get key information on trauma, PTSD and treatment.

June 8: Find or host a PTSD Awareness Event.

June 9: Share the VA’s video about PTSD symptoms on Facebook.

June 10: Learn about and compare PTSD treatment options.

June 11: Take an online course or program.

June 12: Share stories of Veterans who have been there.

June 13: Subscribe to the VA’s PTSD Monthly Update.

June 14: Watch “What is PTSD?” PTSD explained in 4 minutes.

June 15: Share the VA’s PTSD social media posts.

June 16: Retweet one the VA’s #PTSDAwareness tweets.

June 17: Find a local PTSD therapist.

June 18: Practice mindfulness.

June 19: Ask a Veteran how they are doing.

June 20: Follow the VA PTSD profile on Twitter.

June 21: Read “Understanding PTSD and PTSD Treatment.

June 22: Order the VA’s “What is PTSD?” card to share.

June 23: Share the VA’s PTSD photo on Instagram.

June 24: Hear what PTSD is like for family members.

June 25: Learn how to talk to your Veteran about mental health care.

June 26: Share the VA’s PTSD webpage with a Veteran.

June 27: Subscribe to the VA’s PTSD YouTube Channel.

June 28: Hear what PTSD is like for Veterans.

June 29: Mail or give out an AboutFace postcard.

June 30: Explore the VA’s PTSD website to learn even more about PTSD.

For even more information on PTSD please visit the following sites:

https://militarybenefits.info/ptsd-awareness-month/#ixzz6qih14pnk

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/understand/awareness/index.asp

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20355967#:~:text=Post%2Dtraumatic%20stress%20disorder%20(PTSD)%20is%20a%20mental%20health,uncontrollable%20thoughts%20about%20the%20event.