June honors PTSD awareness month, how you can help others
WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. – With violence at an all-time high right now, many people are honoring June as PTSD awareness month.
Which stands for post-traumatic stress disorder. Health officials want you to know that this doesn’t only impact those associated with war or other horrific events, but it also applies to more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. Health care workers have treated supported and watched many people die during the pandemic. Events like these are also being watched all over the media and can trigger anyone. 47 ABC spoke with a local health official to learn more about how you can help if you see someone experiencing PTSD.
“The symptoms can vary from person to person so the number one thing is to identify symptoms of PTSD and try to get help for that person right away,” says Michelle Hardy, Director of Wicomico Local Behavioral Health Authority.
If you come across someone suffering from PTSD, Hardy says to remember to speak calmly. That also includes reaching out to health officials and getting help on the individual’s behalf. You can call any of the following options:
- Wicomico County Local Behavioral Health Authority: 410-543-6981
Maryland Hotline: 211 (Press 1 for mental health issues)
Life Crisis: 410-749-HELP (4357)
Affiliated Sante Mobile Crisis Team: 1-888-407-8018