June 27th is National PTSD Awareness Day

Leaf for Life was founded by veteran family members who had witnessed first-hand the effects of PTSD.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with mental health issues, please reach out to the Crisis Response Network or Veterans Crisis Line.

From the National Center for PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder “is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. At first, it may be hard to do normal daily activities, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about. But most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months. If it’s been longer than a few months and you’re still having symptoms, you may have PTSD. For some people, PTSD symptoms may start later on, or they may come and go over time.”

PTSD affects everyone and there are resources to learn more about the condition and how to move forward. Below are links to guide you to local and national resources.

PTSD Basics

PDF Booklet: Understanding PTSD and PTSD Treatment

Background and History of Shell Shock and PTSD

Self-Help and Coping

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Arizona PTSD Resources

Arizona NAMI

Phoenix Metro Valley:

Redemption Psychiatry

NAMI Valley of the Sun

Phoenix Veterans Center

Dr. Shier in Scottsdale

Oasis Behavioral Health in Chandler

Dragonfly International Therapy in Tempe

The Sactuary in Sedona

Tucson:

Sabino Recovery, includes Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy

Sierra Tucson

NAMI Family Support Group in Yuma