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Awareness?

WASHINGTON – PTSD is never funny, and I would hate to be misunderstood as trying to make it so, but honestly … why is the White House sending out a news release that June is PTSD awareness month … on the 27th?

It says, in part:


Secretary Kathleen Sebelius statement on PTSD Awareness Month

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that can occur when people experience a traumatic event.  PTSD can affect anyone – from service men and women returning from the horrors of war to abused children and the survivors of rape, domestic violence, or natural disasters.

June is PTSD Awareness Month, which serves as an important opportunity to recognize and pledge ourselves to year-round support for the millions of Americans who are working to overcome this challenging and debilitating condition.


Well, all that aside … if you or someone you know is suffering, the news release includes this:


If you or someone you care about experience symptoms from PTSD, free confidential help is available at any time at 1-800-273-8255 (press “1” if you are a veteran, service member, or calling about one). The Veterans Crisis Line also provides trained VA counselors that can help provide vital information and support. In addition, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Chat is available from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. ET.


Please – look after yourselves.

dickson.pat@stripes.com
Twitter: @StripesDCchief

 

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