Organizations educate, spread awareness during PTSD Awareness Month
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - June is National PTSD Awareness Month, a time to educate and spread awareness about Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
Memorial Health is encouraging people who might have PTSD to understand the symptoms and get help if they need it. While this effort is year-round, this month, health systems and organizations are taking some extra time to speak out about the disorder.
Non-Profits like Operation Patriots FOB in Okatie, S.C. works with veterans who suffer from PTSD. They plan events on their property and other outings like fishing, hunting and golf trips. Organizers say the first step is talking about your diagnosis, then asking for help and taking time to do things you enjoy.
JR Brown from Operation Patriots FOB says their main mission is letting people know there is always someone out there for them when depression hits. They say just pick up the phone and ask for help.
“PTSD is real and it has a face and my face is one of them. You know, I deal with PTSD every day, and I just want guys to know that there are resources out there and just don’t make that god-awful decision. I’ve lost close to 20 guys to suicide now and I would do anything I could to have any of them back,” said JR Brown, a military veteran who suffers from PTSD.
While we often think of PTSD in combat veterans, they are not the only ones diagnosed with the disorder. It can be a result of any number of traumatic situations.
For more information about Operation Patriots FOB and how they can help, click here.
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