MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – “You may still carry the scar afterwards, but we fix that root problem,” said David Dunning Director of the Memphis VA Medical Center.
To shed light on suicide prevention awareness, the VA is starting a conversation about PTSD and how to help those who are suffering from it.
If you’re unfamiliar with PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, it’s a reaction to a trauma or severely stressful event that a person then internalizes and will constantly replay in his or her head.
Dunning said, “They play this movie over and over, whether subconsciously or consciously, and sometimes it leads to things like withdrawal, it leads to anger.”
He also says it can lead to substance abuse. To prevent PTSD from reaching this stage, he explains how awareness can save a life.
If you’re a veteran, reflect on your actions. If you’re a family member or friend of one, look out for signs of PTSD like a short temper, sadness, anxiety, and a lack of desire to attend group functions, among other telltale signs. If you notice any of these, reach out to the VA. They’re there to help.
Dunning said, “The shame is not asking for help, not taking charge and getting out of crisis, staying out of crisis, or improving your life.”
Always remember, if you or someone you know is in crisis, call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.