PTSD Awareness Month: Be Ready to Listen

| June 18, 2024 | Go Energistics

PTSD Awareness Month, observed annually throughout the month of June, is meant to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. This month we are recognizing and building awareness because many of our Veterans have direct experience with PTSD, with 7 out of 100 Veterans expected to experience PTSD at some point in their lives, according to a 2023 survey. During this time, and throughout the year, it is important that we stand ready to listen and support those suffering from PTSD in the military community.

PTSD is often overlooked when compared to more the visible injuries sustained in combat, as its symptoms are not as easy to see at first glance. Living with PTSD can be paralyzing, manifesting in depression, chronic pain, nightmares, and for many suicidal thoughts. Often, due to social stigmas, many of our heroes are hesitant to seek help; which is why it is so important to foster a supportive and compassionate environment for individuals living with PTSD.

At Yellow Ribbon Fund (YRF), we believe that real change starts by raising awareness on the ways PTSD impacts our military and their loved ones, this Month we are building an awareness campaign to help to reduce stigma, encourage early intervention, and promote access to support services. We want to encourage all to use this time to promote empathy, understanding, and access to quality mental health care. Most of all, be ready to listen and empower survivors to seek help without fear of judgment or discrimination.

What Can We Do?

Be There: The Veterans in your life may be struggling – take some time this month to remind them they are not alone. Having someone to talk to can make all the difference for those in pain.

Educate Yourself: In order to support those suffering from PTSD, it is important be informed on signs, symptoms, and treatment options. American Addiction Centers has compiled a helpful guide which may be of use.

Share Resources: Veterans Affairs is standing by with support options for those in need, visit their website here.

For veterans or service members struggling with PTSD, help is available. The Veterans Crisis Line is a dedicated 24/7 suicide hotline that provides immediate assistance, support, and referrals. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1.

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Go Energistics

Go Energistics, is a Texas-based Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOSB). They are a values-based organization composed of primarily service-disabled veterans and veterans who have experienced the impact of inefficient/inadequate systems within the logistics industry, medical facilities, and distribution systems. The partnership between Yellow Ribbon Fund and Go Energetics is a powerful example of the impact that can be achieved when organizations and individuals come together to support our military service members and their families.