As part of National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month, Governor Kathy Hochul issued a proclamation declaring Tuesday as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Screening Day. The declaration is designed to emphasize the importance of mental health and encourage individuals, especially Veterans, to undergo screenings.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can affect anyone who has experienced or witnessed traumatic events, such as combat, disasters, accidents, injuries, or assaults. Many Veterans of our nation’s armed forces experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after enduring military-related trauma, including physical, emotional, and psychological injuries stemming from their experiences.
“We recognize that PTSD can have a profound impact on individuals’ lives and believe in the significance of early identification and intervention,” said Governor Hochul. “By taking the initiative to get screened, we can identify the signs of PTSD early on and ensure that those who have experienced trauma receive the support they need. It is essential to prioritize our mental health and break the barriers of stigma because healing begins with awareness.”
To facilitate self-assessment, individuals can utilize the National Center for PTSD self-screening tool, a concise questionnaire consisting of five questions. By honestly answering these questions, individuals can gain insights into the potential presence of PTSD and its impact on their well-being. A score of three or more positive responses may indicate the need for further evaluation by healthcare professionals.
New York State Department of Veterans’ Services Commissioner Viviana DeCohen said, “PTSD Screening Day serves as a crucial reminder that mental health deserves our utmost attention and support, without any stigma. We urge Veterans and all individuals who have experienced trauma to take advantage of this opportunity for self-reflection and seek the necessary support.”
New York State Office of Mental Health Commissioner Dr. Ann Marie Sullivan said, “Post-traumatic stress disorder affects approximately seven percent of individuals at some point in their lives and is often unrecognized and untreated. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Screening Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about PTSD and to urge all our friends and family members who may have symptoms of PTSD to talk to their doctor about getting screened.”