PharPoint gives back to the community each month through our Working Together for Change campaign. Learn about The PTSD Foundation of America, our sponsored non-profit for June.
Each month, PharPoint hand-selects a charity to support through fund-raising and awareness building to aid in research and/or resource development. Known as our Working Together for Change campaign, this company-wide initiative is dedicated to aiding those in need and serving the community to the best of our ability. June is National PTSD Awareness month, which is why PharPoint has decided to feature The PTSD Foundation of America for the Working Together for Change campaign.
What is PTSD?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious, potentially debilitating condition that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a natural disaster, serious accident, sudden death of a loved one, warfare, or other life-threatening events.
Symptoms usually begin early, within 3 months of the traumatic incident, but sometimes they begin years afterwards. There are four types of symptoms of PTSD, and adults who experience any of these symptoms for more than a month may be diagnosed with PTSD.
|Re-experiencing||• Flashbacks – reliving the trauma over and over
• Bad dreams
• Frightening thoughts
|Avoidance||• Avoiding reminders of the traumatic experience
• Feeling emotionally numb
• Feeling strong guilt, depression or worry
• Losing interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past
• Having trouble remembering the dangerous event
|Reactivity||• Being easily startled
• Feeling tense or “on edge”
• Having difficulty sleeping
• Having angry outbursts
|Cognition and Mood||• Trouble remembering key features of the traumatic event
• Negative thoughts about oneself or the world
• Distorted feelings like guilt or blame
• Loss of interest in enjoyable activities
It is natural to have some of these symptoms after a dangerous event, but when these symptoms persist there are thankfully groups that are there to help.
About The PTSD Foundation of America
The PTSD Foundation of America is a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect with the general public to raise awareness of the lasting effects that warfare has on the military community. The organization has three primary objectives:
- To combat PTSD
- To give back to the military community
- To increase public awareness of PTSD
The foundation works with government agencies, service organizations and private businesses, like PharPoint, to bring resources together to meet the needs of active, reserve and veterans as well as their loved ones individually and as families. The organization brings healing to the military community through individual and group counselling and reaches out to the general population to raise awareness of the affliction through public events, media outlets and social media.
What you can do to help
With a $30 donation, you can provide the tools necessary for a military person to heal through The PTSD Foundation of America. One of the organization’s most successful resources is their dedication to Camp Hope, an interim housing program for wounded warriors, veterans and their families suffering from combat-related PTSD, where residents participate in a 90+ day PTSD recovery program. Learn more about Camp Hope here, and find out about volunteer opportunities with the foundation here.
If you or someone you know is suffering from symptoms of warfare-related PTSD, The PTSD Foundation of America can help. Visit their website for information and resources on PTSD and learn about how the foundation is changing the lives of the military community.