Join the #FacesOfPTSD Campaign May 2017
PTSD does not discriminate; it can impact all ages, all genders, all cultures, all occupations, all socioeconomic classes, and all ethnicities. It occurs in every town, city and country. It impacts civilians and soldiers alike. Join the movement. Each May, those identifying with having PTSD are encouraged to share a photo of themselves on any or all social media outlets, with the hashtag #FacesOfPTSD and the byline ‘not all wars take place on the battlefield’ to help bring the message home. If you are not comfortable posting a picture of yourself, feel free to share an image that is anonymous, such as your hand, a silhouette, or something personal that you identify with. When sharing, be sure to add the hashtag #FacesOfPTSD.
#FacesOfPTSD in the News
The Huffington Post:
#FacesOfPTSD Is Working to Change the Landscape of Google
#FacesOfPTSD Survivor Gallery 2016
Not All Wars Take Place on the Battlefield. Qualifying events include but are not limited to: domestic abuse and violence, childhood physical and emotional abuse and neglect, natural disasters, rape and sexual assault, crime, physical violence, being threatened with a weapon, transportation accidents, witnessing violence or death, traumatic death of a close friend or family member, exposure to suicide, kidnapping, imprisonment, war and terrorism, or other risks or perceived risks of serious injury or loss of life.
Women are especially at risk of PTSD; one out of every nine women develops Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, about twice the average of men.
While military survivors and the medical community have fought long and hard for recognition of the realities of combat-related PTSD, awareness of ordinary citizen non-combat PTSD lags far behind.
By integrating veterans with PTSD alongside civilians with non-combat PTSD, the support community grows, understanding grows, and society at large will grow in acceptance and compassion for these injured individuals.
Learn More about the benefits of integrating Civilians & Veterans living with PTSD into our cultural awareness.