PTSD Awareness Month

Post-traumatic stress can manifest in different ways, and it can affect many people. It can be present among military members, RCMP members, Veterans, and their Families — particularly among those who have observed or been exposed to traumatic events while serving. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can cause feelings of sadness, fear, guilt and, in some cases, hopelessness.

Individuals experiencing PTSD may face stigma from society. As people don’t always understand PTSD, this can lead to misconceptions about the individuals affected by it. This stigma can make seeking and asking for help difficult. Learning more about PTSD and its symptoms can help improve the lives of people who are struggling.

Throughout this month, we will share stories about living with PTSD. There is no shame in having it — it often emerges from situations where our lives, or the lives of loved ones, are threatened. This page also includes resources and information about PTSD. The goal is to understand it, to manage its impacts, and eventually, to heal. There is hope, effective treatments are available, and a better life is possible.

 

Resources:

Tim O’Loan: Indigenous Veteran

Sharp Dopler: Veteran and LGBT Purge Survivor