CMHA recognizes PTSD Awareness Day 2020
CMHA Durham joins individuals and organizations around the world in recognizing PTSD (Posttraumatic stress disorder) Awareness Day.
In 2019, PTSD Awareness Day was officially recognized for the first time in Ontario by the
provincial government. PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder that can appear following a traumatic
event in someone’s life. It can affect victims or witnesses of distressful occurrences such as
natural disasters, crimes, or major accidents.
PTSD is more prevalent among individuals in occupations with increased exposure to these
types of events, such as first responders and armed forces personnel. The unique workplace
stress for first responders can lead to Operational Stress Injuries as well, which include PTSD.
Women, refugees and Aboriginal people are also statistically at higher risk.
To show support, members of the public are encouraged to share their stories and use the
#PTSDAwarenessDay hashtag on social media.