June is PTSD Awareness Month

August 1, 2011. Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. Stock photo of the Air Force. Photo by Dennis Drenner/American Red Cross

The American Red Cross offers multiple skill-building opportunities to help military service members, veterans, and their families. One of those skill building opportunities is taught in our Reconnection Workshop — learning to cope with PTSD. The month of June is PTSD Awareness Month, and we encourage military members and families to register for this workshop by July 20th.

It will be held on 8th August, 2015 at 335 SW 27th Ave, Miami 33315 starting at 9:00 am.  

The purpose of PTSD Awareness Month is to encourage everyone to raise public awareness of PTSD and its effective treatments. We understand the joy of homecoming is followed by a transition period as the entire family readjusts to being together. Family dynamics often change during the service member’s absence, with partners assuming new roles and responsibilities, children who have grown and matured, and new family routines and schedules established. Both the service member and his/her family may have multiple challenges to manage as they readjust to these changes, reestablish bonds and confront the many details of managing a household. If the service member experiences long-term health problems that are sometimes prevalent after deployment, such as depression, Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), the entire family has an additional challenge to manage.
Reconnection Workshops support and ease the transition home:

• The Reconnection Workshops are confidential small-group modules, led by licensed mental health professionals. The workshops focus on building skills that enhance the likelihood of positive reconnections among family members, as well as the successful reengagement of the service member in civilian life, by increasing interactions and developing additional sources of support.

• The workshops are free and available to all those impacted by a military deployment from all branches of the Armed Forces, which includes Reserve, National Guard, active duty service members, veterans and their families, including spouses, parents, siblings, significant others and close friends.

• Workshops and materials focus on learning useful tools, effective coping mechanisms and where to find resources. Available workshops are:
 Communicating Clearly
 Exploring Stress and Trauma
 Identifying Depression
 Relating to Children
 Working Through Anger

To register for these valuable workshops, or to inquire about additional dates and locations, please email Mary.Jonas@redcross.org.

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