National PTSD Awareness Day is celebrated annually on June 27. It aims to raise awareness of posttraumatic stress disorder, a mental health problem that may develop after a person has been exposed to one or more traumatic events. Traumatic events that may cause PTSD include physical or sexual assault, war-related combat stress, terrorism, natural or man-made disasters, and other threats on a person’s life.
Typical symptoms of PTSD include distressing dreams, persistent thoughts and recurring flashbacks about the traumatic event or events, numbing or avoidance of memories of the trauma, triggered emotional responses, persistent hyper-arousal.The first National PTSD Awareness Day was held on June 27, 2010. This observance was officially established by the Congress.
In addition, the National Center for PTSD has designated June as PTSD Awareness Month. National PTSD Awareness Day aims to raise public awareness about the disorder, educate a wide audience about PTSD and provide people affected by PTSD with access to proper treatment.
How to help raise PTSD awareness? You can start with learning key information about PTSD, its causes and treatment options. Then share your knowledge with others, promote PTSD awareness via social networks and reach out to help those who need it.
In Pennsylvania, June 27 is commemorated as Helen Keller Day. Helen Keller was an American author, lecturer and political activist. She is noted for being the first deafblind person to earn a B.A. degree. Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880. She lost her ability to see and hear at 19 months old due to an illness (either meningitis or scarlet fever).
In 1886, Keller’s mother started looking for a person who could educate her daughter. Anne Sullivan, herself visually impaired, agreed to become Keller’s instructor.
Keller attended several schools for the blind and deaf. At age 20, she was admitted to Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She graduated in 1904, becoming the first deafblind person to earn a B.A. degree.Keller learned to speak and spent much of her life giving lectures and speeches. She was an avid advocate of people with disabilities.
In 1915, she founded Helen Keller International, an organization devoted to research in vision, nutrition and health.In 1980, President Jimmy Carter authorized Helen Keller Day at the federal level to commemorate the centennial of Keller’s birth. That year, the United States Postal service issued a special stamp depicting Helen Keller and Ann Sullivan.