Traumatic events—such as an accident, assault, military combat or natural disaster—can have lasting effects on a person’s mental health. While many people will have short term responses to life-threatening events, some will develop longer term symptoms that can lead to a diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
PTSD is diagnosed after a person experiences symptoms for at least one month following a traumatic event. However symptoms may not appear until several months or even years later. The disorder is characterized by three main types of symptoms:
- Re-experiencing the trauma through intrusive distressing recollections of the event, flashbacks, and nightmares.
- Emotional numbness and avoidance of places, people, and activities that are reminders of the trauma.
- Increased arousal such as difficulty sleeping and concentrating, feeling jumpy, and being easily irritated and angered.
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The problem at hand, is a few aspects. One, there are those that do not want to pursue help, and feel as though they are weak by doing so. This is a pressure we must break, and tell those feeling this way that by no means is this true. Second, when it really hits home, and veterans are feeling this way, they do not know where to go at that very moment. We want to help break that barrier, and assist if possible.
In addition to running this website, we also have a Facebook page called Gyrenes.
Mission: To share ideas, collaborate in campaigns, and spread awareness for wounded and homeless vets
Through different venues, I have attempted to establish a foundation to support and assist. I have an online shop www.etsy.com/shop/gyrenes that sells veteran themed products, with portions of every sale being used for assisting veterans in need. Then we have this page, to collaborate, plan, and implement resources available.
Everyone is welcome to join the group on Facebook, as anyone can help veterans in need. Homeless or wounded, all can use a helping hand.
We currently have a campaign going on attempting to raise $320 so we can orders PTSD Awareness Magnets that can be spread around different locations nationally. The magnet can be seen below.
By creating these magnets, and sending them out to group members about the nation, we can put them on buses, cars, break rooms, corporate offices, homeless shelters, anywhere we can get our hands on. You see, this is just the beginning. We have so many to help, with nothing but ideas to get us along the way. When in doubt, try it out. If you don’t you will never succeed.
Want to participate in this campaign. Click on the following link to go to our gofundme page to get us one step closer to our goal of spreading awareness for those suffering from PTSD.