Mental Health Awareness…Month of May…PTSD affects almost 8 million Americans…300,000 citizens are veterans of Iraq & Afghanistan!

May 2013 is month of mental health awareness…  Quote from this site…

“For more than 60 years, Mental Health America and our affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings. This year’s theme is Pathways to Wellness.”

Infographics PTSD Broad Statistics Click on this site to see broader statistics and graphics!

Pathways…MilitaryMentalHealth.org  Quote from this website…

Military Mental Health Screening Program

“Military life, especially the stress of deployments or mobilizations, can present challenges to service members and their families that are both unique and difficult. Some are manageable, some are not. Many times we can successfully deal with them on our own. In some instances matters get worse and one problem can trigger other more serious issues. At such times it is wise to check things out and see what is really happening. That’s the purpose of these totally anonymous and voluntary mental health testing self-assessments.”
                                                        #####

In the past few years following the research and publication of my book, mental health wellness has become a mission of awareness to make a difference for others…  I spent the first 64 years of my life being less than aware and in denial of the mental health issues related to PTSD during my young life as a military child.  Acute awareness of the symptoms of PTSD has allowed me to have peace of mind for the first time.  There is no longer a knot in my stomach and a hole in my heart.  Forgiveness and a journey of healing continues to be a work in progress.  I take each day at a time and have learned to manage and mitigate my own PTSD in many different ways, especially as a writer.  The goal of my book and this blog is to help others become aware of the lifelong implications of living and coping with PTSD while seeking treatment alternatives from your primary care physician and mental health professionals.

The statistics as shown in the above link Infographics PTSD Broad Statistics are shocking but very critical in understanding the breadth and depth of America’s inter-generational PTSD challenge.  The first step in healing is awareness.  Do not hesitate to learn more to help yourself as well as your loved ones to begin the journey of healing…  Please help to stop the stigma connected with mental health wellness right now…

Steve Sparks
Author
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story
Click to order my book…
 

Leave a Reply