By Nakita Nicci
PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary or life-threatening event. An estimated 7.8 percent of Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. Women are twice as likely as men to develop PTSD. Approximately 5 million Americans suffer from PTSD in the course of a year.
PTSD Awareness Day is observed every year on June 27.
The 20th Ward Committeeman, Kevin Bailey, partnered with the team at Social Change to present an afternoon of open conversation with a panel of celebrities, veterans and experts on mental health related to traumatic events. They discussed the current state of mental health, recognizing current or post-traumatic and stressor-related events and how to help someone in need. Bringing the reality to the forefront that not all wombs are visible.
Leading the pack of speakers was Greenleaf actor Lamman Rucker, who gave the keynote address and inspired attendees to get more involved with their community to help raise awareness.
Attendees enjoyed, great speakers, break out learning sessions, giveaways, great food and a wonderful performance by the award-winning Kevin Bailey cheer dance team. It was certainly an afternoon of inspiration and fun.
The biggest takeaway of the event is a person with PTSD may need to talk about the traumatic event over and over again, this is part of the healing process, so avoid the temptation to tell your loved one to stop rehashing the past and move on. Instead, offer to talk to them as many times as needed. Also remember, it’s okay to dislike what you hear; some of the things your loved one may have to say might be hard to listen to, but it’s important to respect their feelings and reactions. This is critical because if you come across as disapproving or judgmental, it’s very likely they will not open up to you again.
To learn more about PTSD, visit https://www.ptsd.va.gov/.