According to the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, about 60% of men and 50% of women will experience a traumatic event in their lifetime, and the numbers are even higher for members of the armed forces. Everyone deals with trauma differently, and not everyone who experiences a traumatic event will develop PTSD. However, up to 20% of individuals may.
Not a week goes by without a report of another tragedy occurring in our country. The unfortunate fact is that an act of terrorism, mass violence or natural disaster occurs each week, and the notion of 'it can't happen here' is fading as random acts occur in both small and large communities.
It is especially important to remember that help and support are available. Thursday, June 20 is National PTSD Screening Day. If you feel that you are experiencing symptoms, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America has provided this online screening tool to complete and share with your health care professional.
Since 2001, VOICES had provided over 100,000 hours of social services support and built trusting relationships with those impacted by 9/11. This includes case management, support groups, and referrals to mental health providers and conferences. For a list of resources, visit our website.