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CMHA recognizes PTSD Awareness Day

CMHA recognizes PTSD Awareness Day

CMHA Niagara joins individuals and organizations around the world in recognizing PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) Awareness Day.

If you’re struggling, please reach out for support. CMHA Niagara offers several resources that may help individuals living with PTSD or other mental health issues including:

-Free and convenient Ontario Structured Psychotherapy to help individuals experiencing depression, stress, anxiety.

-Urgent Support and same day counselling services

-Group Counselling

-Case management

-Safe Beds, a short-term residential crisis support

-Supportive Housing Support program

-Transitional Housing Support programs

-Court Diversion & Support

PTSD Awareness Day was officially recognized for the first time in Ontario by the provincial government in 2019. PTSD is an anxiety disorder involving exposure to a traumatic event which could include crimes, natural disasters, accidents, war or conflict, or other threats to life. A person with PTSD could experience the event themselves or witness it happening to others.

While post-traumatic stress can affect anyone, health care workers, police officers, paramedics, firefighters and corrections staff are particularly at risk through their work. The unique workplace stress for first responders can lead to operational stress injuries, which include PTSD. Women, refugees and Indigenous people are also statistically at higher risk.

To support first responders – specifically firefighters at this time – CMHA Ontario offers Resilient Minds, an evidence-informed, peer-to-peer, skill-building program designed by and for career and volunteer firefighters across Canada to develop strategies to mitigate and better manage occupational stress and enhance personal resilience, resulting in informed and healthier teams. Learn more at www.ontario.cmha.ca/resilient-minds.

To show support, we encourage you to share positive messages using the #PTSDAwarenessDay hashtag on social media.

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