Camden, N.J. – Around 8 million people in the United States are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, but most aren’t getting the help they need, according to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD.
June has been designated as National PTSD Awareness Month to raise awareness, educate people on the signs of PTSD, and talk about treatment options.
“After months of COVID-19, which has been and continues to be a traumatic event for many, there are people who might be suffering in silence,” said Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer. “Even more people might be dealing with trauma from the recent tragic events occurring across the country. We must look out for each other, learn to recognize the signs, and encourage our loved ones to get help if they need it.”
Signs of PTSD include, but aren’t limited to, recurring memories of the traumatic event, nightmares, avoiding places, people or activities, negative thoughts, feelings of hopelessness, irritability, and more.
The Mayo Clinic said these symptoms can show up one month after a traumatic event or years later. If ignored, symptoms can intensify over time, so it’s important to reach out for help.
For those who aren’t Veterans, a few resources include National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline at 800-950-NAMI, texting “NAMI” to 741741, The Loveland Foundation, Inclusive Therapists and the COVID-19 Resources for Managing Stress webpage.
“One in five adults experience mental illness, but NAMI data shows it takes an average of 11 years to get help,” said Mayer. “One of the most important points to remember is that getting help should not been seen as a sign of weakness. You’re not alone.”