The impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on our society is both pervasive and profound, affecting countless individuals who grapple with its debilitating effects. PTSD is not just a battle faced by soldiers; civilians from all backgrounds are also susceptible. For many, it's an ongoing struggle to keep the darkness at bay, persistently combatting an unforgiving foe.
The severity of this disorder is immense. The stakes are high, and the consequences can be devastating. Without proper support, the burden of PTSD can grow overwhelming, potentially leading to the heartbreaking outcome of suicide. PTSD-related suicides rank as the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, yet the scale of this crisis is frequently underestimated.
A significant obstacle to progress is the lack of awareness. How can we curb the devastation of suicide when the world remains unaware of the anguish experienced by those with PTSD? Approximately 8% of Americans – 24.4 million people – suffer from PTSD at any given time. This staggering statistic, equivalent to the population of Texas, highlights the urgency of addressing this silent epidemic.
Now is the time to dismantle the barriers of ignorance and indifference. We must illuminate the reality of PTSD and establish a robust support network for those who are struggling. An association that advocates for both civilian and veteran sufferers is needed, one that actively raises awareness through social media platforms and encourages the world to take PTSD seriously.
We cannot remain silent and allow our fellow citizens to endure their pain in solitude. We must take action! Collectively, we can cultivate a society that comprehends the severity of PTSD, nurtures hope for those battling it, and prevents the tragedy of suicide. It's time to rise up, to speak out, and to serve as a beacon of hope for those who are fighting for their lives every day. Let us stand united in our mission to triumph over PTSD and dispel the darkness.
American PTSD Association
Our primary mission is fourfold:
Our primary mission is to advocate for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) sufferers, especially those who are debilitated by this illness that they are unemployed and unable to access mental health care. Also to raise awareness about the serious consequences of PTSD by way of social media presence; and to develop online programs designed to help those suffering with PTSD cope with their symptoms.
Our VIsion beyond awareness
Through our efforts, we envision a society that collectively recognizes the symptoms of PTSD and that creates the necessary safety nets so that those who are experiencing the symptoms – and their families – can find hope and help wherever they live.
Our goal is to educate our society about PTSD using online platforms. This will allow us to reach more people around the world and help our society to understand PTSD and support those dealing with it in a more meaningful way.
We live by our values
APTSDA is founded based on the following values:
Care for all
Collaboration in our community
Commitment to excellence and diversity
Compassion for innovation
Integrity beyond reproach
Respect for people, communities, and cultures
Special Attention to the underserved