Great, empathetic, survivor minds think alike!
When I first launched the Faces of PTSD website, my original idea was to have an online gallery of PTSD survivors. Survivors could choose to either submit artwork of themselves (thus putting a face to it - age, gender, etc.) but still remain anonymous, or a photo. I considered developing a program that would pair artists up with survivors. My goal was to show the diversity of the millions of individuals living and thriving and surviving with PTSD. Ultimately, I realized I didn't have the resources to develop that idea, so I instead focused on a content based website focused on non-combat PTSD resources. When I was diagnosed, I was truly shocked at the lack of content I found for non-combat related PTSD resources for survivors and families. I have over 15 years of experience in marketing, including Google search marketing and web design, so I was hoping to make whatever positive impact I could for fellow survivors using the resources at my disposal.
Today I came upon the #FacesOfPTSD Campaign, spearheaded by a group of survivors with a similar mission to the one I started with... with the same name hashtag to boot! I was filled with joy to find that others felt the same, urgent need I had, and organized a social media campaign kicking off on this Friday, May 6, 2016. From the organizers:
What is the #FacesOfPTSD campaign?
Survivors who identify as having PTSD will flood social media with photos of themselves, along with the tagline, “Not all wars take place on the battlefield,” and the hashtag #FacesOfPTSD.
Our goal is to alter the current landscape of social media and search engines (Google, Bing) to include all trauma survivors, particularly women who are rarely represented, in order to reflect more accurately the #FacesOfPTSD.
TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN! Why the #FacesOfPTSD campaign?
There is a common misconception in our culture about who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and what it looks like. A quick Google image search will lead you to believe that the majority of those living with PTSD are men in uniform, when the reality is that women are twice as likely to develop it as men, and it can be acquired in a number of ways. Not all wars take place on the battle field.
How can you make a difference?
· “Attend" and share the #FacesOfPTSD event scheduled for Friday, May 6th
· On May 6th , share an image of yourself—or if you don't live with PTSD but still want to show support, share one of the images posted on our page—and be sure to include the hashtag #FacesOfPTSD
· Use any of the #FacesOfPTSD campaign images if you publish a blog post or any articles about PTSD
· Know the facts. Women and children get PTSD. Women get it twice as often as men. Children get PTSD.
· Men get PTSD and women in the military get PTSD, too, typically from sexual assault rather than combat.
Let’s make a change!
It’s important to accurately represent the thousands of women and men living day to day, while doing the best they can to manage flashbacks, constant triggers and the debilitating medical and mental health effects of this disorder. It’s time to recognize the many #FacesOfPTSD.
To read the article that inspired this campaign written by Cis White of Heal Write Now / How to Live On Earth When You Were Raised in Hell, visit
US: Christine "Cissy" White firstname.lastname@example.org 781-331-4679
Canada: Jodie Ortega email@example.com
This campaign is a joint initiative of Christine "Cissy" White of Heal Write Now / How to Live On Earth When You Were Raised in Hell
Arwen Faulkner of Lilacs in October https://lilacsinoctober.wordpress.com/category/sexual-abuse-survivor/
Jodie Ortega https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2xYSYLPuy4
Dawn Daum and Joyelle Brandt of Trigger Points Anthology