June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day: PTSD Monthly Update - June 2015

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June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day

June is PTSD Awareness Month, Learn, Connect, Share

Spread the word!

PTSD Awareness Month has been widely observed in June with events and information sharing throughout the country. For the fourth consecutive year, June 27th has been designated as PTSD Awareness Day. Join us to help those with PTSD.

Please read on, then forward this to everyone you know!

Learn: PTSD Treatment Works

Discover the facts.

Start with PTSD Basics, key information about trauma, PTSD and treatment options.

For more advanced information, watch our PTSD 101 Course: PTSD Overview. We offer many free, in-depth Continuing Education Courses for Professionals as well.

Explore your options.

Take the mystery out of PTSD treatment. Our short whiteboard video PTSD Treatment: Know Your Options reviews the best treatments. And visit AboutFace, a website where Veterans, their family members and clinicians talk about turning life around with PTSD treatment.

Connect: Reach Out to Someone

Help someone. Help yourself.

Do you think you might have PTSD or know someone at risk? Take action for yourself or someone you care about. We outline steps to help you know whether you might have PTSD and locate where to get help.

Give support. Get support.

Managing PTSD can be easier with the support of others. If you are getting treatment, or have finished treatment, our self-help information and tools can help you manage stress. Caregivers can look to organizations that offer support for family and friends for tips on self-care, too.

Share: Spread the Word

Pass along what you learn.

Use Facebook or Twitter to share up-to-date information or ask us questions about PTSD and treatment.

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Let others know our publications are free. Our printable PDF with ways to raise PTSD awareness is also easy to share.

Work together.

It's never too late to Join our PTSD Awareness campaign! We have promotional materials to help you organize an event or share information about PTSD and effective treatments.

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For Providers

Consult with PTSD Experts

The PTSD Consultation Program offers free PTSD consultation to any provider who treats Veterans in any setting. This program is now open to Community Providers.

PTSD Consultation Program

Have a question about PTSD? Contact us:
Call 866-948-7880 or
Email PTSDconsult@va.gov

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For VA Providers

2015 PTSD Consultation Lecture Series


VA staff please sign up for VA Staff PTSD Updates to receive monthly notices that include a registration link and instructions for joining the live lectures.

Next Lecture in the Series

  • 7/15 at 2 pm ET - Kathleen Chard, PhD and Ann Rasmusson, MD on CPT Research Update

Mark your calendar for the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2 pm ET.

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Research at the Center

Trial of an Intervention Targeting Guilt

Investigators received a DoD grant to test Trauma Informed Guilt Reduction (TrIGR), an intervention aimed at reducing deployment-related guilt in Veterans of OEF/OIF/OND. The trial will compare TrIGR to supportive care therapy on improving distress, shame, guilt-related thoughts, avoidant coping, and quality of life.

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PTSD in the News

APA: DSM-5 leaves one-third of soldiers with subthreshold PTSD in limbo, expert says. Dr. Matthew Friedman, Senior Advisor to and former Executive Director of the National Center for PTSD, contributed to a May 30th story in Clinical Psychiatry News on the potential effects of changes in the PTSD diagnosis from DSM-IV to DSM-5. Read more.*

Examining PTSD after traumatic life events. Dr. Rebecca Matteo, Website Content Manager, and Dr. Juliette Mott, Psychologist/Education Specialist, of the National Center for PTSD were interviewed on June 10th on CBS affiliate WCAX TV in South Burlington, Vermont, on PTSD and PTSD Awareness Month. Read more.*

"I made it!" Massachusetts Veteran with PTSD turns his life around. Veteran Rich Adams, profiled in AboutFace, was featured in this story by George Decker, Public Affairs Officer, and Vicky Bippart, Producer/Director, of the National Center for PTSD posted on the VA blog VAntage Point on June 24th. Read more.*

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Thank you,

The Staff of VA’s National Center for PTSD

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