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CACS Recognizes National PTSD Month
Friday, June 23, 2017
TO: ALL LOCAL MEDIA
FROM: MARK SWENDSEN, CHAIR
CAPITAL AREA COUNSELING SERVICE, INC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Capital Area Counseling Service (CACS) Board of Directors is raising awareness by joining this month’s focus on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The National Center for PTSD within the Veteran’s Administration has set June as PTSD Awareness Month.
The National Center for PTSD promotes awareness of PTSD and effective treatments throughout the year. Starting in 2010, Congress named June 27th PTSD Awareness Day (S. Res. 455). In 2014, the Senate designated the full month of June for National PTSD Awareness (S. Res. 481).
After a traumatic event, most people have painful memories. For many people, the effects of the event fade over time. But for others, the memories, thoughts and feelings don't go away - even months or years after the event is over. Mental health experts are not sure why some people develop PTSD and others do not. If stress reactions do not improve over time and they disrupt everyday life, it is important to seek help to determine if PTSD is present.
Mark Swendsen, Board Chair at Capital Area Counseling says, “Many people who come to Capital Area for help have had trauma in their life, especially the children we see.” Dennis Pfrimmer, CEO adds, “The Center for Disease Control has studied and estimates half of the people experiencing a significant traumatic event, such as childhood abuse, will need professional help to regain a normal life.”
The purpose of PTSD Awareness Month is to encourage everyone to raise public awareness of PTSD and effective treatments. We can all help those affected by PTSD. Read more at https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/index.asp
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