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post traumatic stress disorderAs part of National PTSD Awareness Month, the National Center for PTSD is asking people to make a difference by sharing information and helping to spread the word about PTSD as part of PTSD awareness day on June 27.

The National Center for PTSD has come up with three different ways to spread awareness:

  • Learn the basic information about what PTSD is and what treatment options are available. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has come up with a number of videos to “take the mystery” out of PTSD treatments, and explain how they work.
    • About Face is a website that was recently created for veterans, their families, and clinicians. About Face works to create an understanding of what PTSD is like for those who experience it, what a loved one can do for a veteran with PTSD, and what treatment plans will work for their family.
  • Connect with someone—if you have PTSD, connect with someone who can help you; if your loved one has PTSD, reach out to them so they know they’re supported. If you need help in an emergency, the VA can direct you to resources that could save your (or your loved one’s) life. The VA also has self-help tools for veterans and service members suffering, and tools for caregivers to help their loved one manage self-care.
  • Share what you’ve learned by posting about it on social media, or spreading your knowledge to other people in your family. The VA also has a monthly PTSD Research updates, and a campaign you can join to help organize an event or spread information about PTSD and effective treatments.

The Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services has also the Statewide Advocacy for Veterans’ Empowerment (SAVE) Team that works with veterans struggling with PTSD or readjusting to civilian life with peer-to-peer counseling. The primary mission of the SAVE Team is preventing veteran suicide and mental health distress. SAVE also acts as a liaison between veterans and their families, as well as the agencies in the state and federal governments.

SAVE Team Offices

Boston Office:
Department of Veterans’ Service
600 Washington St., 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
617-210-5743
Toll-free: 1-888-844-2838
fax: 617-210-5755
save@massmail.state.ma.us

Chelsea Office:
Chelsea Soldiers’ Home
91 Crest Avenue, Building D
Chelsea, MA 02150
617-210-5743

Holyoke Office:
Holyoke Soldiers’ Home
110 Cherry Street, Office 065
Holyoke, MA 01040
617-210-5743

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