The Veterans Administration is raising awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
during the month of June by providing resources to individuals, families, and communities designed to help those who may be at risk. During the month of June, VA’s National Center for PTSD website (www.ptsd.va.gov
) will feature weekly topics, including:
- How I knew I had PTSD;
- My family suffered;
- How treatment helped me; and
- My advice: Don’t wait to increase awareness.
The website contains extensive resources for the public and mental health professionals.
VA is the nation’s leading provider of care for PTSD, currently treating nearly 500,000 veterans for the condition. VA provides effective PTSD treatment and conducts extensive research on PTSD, including prevention. VA has many entry points to care through the use of veterans readjustment counseling centers, the Veterans Crisis Line, and integration of mental health services in the primary care setting. Since 2007, VA has seen a 35 percent increase in the number of veterans receiving mental health services, and a 41 percent increase in mental health staff.