The National Center for PTSD promotes awareness and effective treatments of PTSD throughout the year. Starting in 2010, Congress proclaimed June 27th PTSD Awareness Day. Since then, during the month of June, everyone has been encouraged to raise public awareness of PTSD and its effective treatments so that all of us can help people affected by PTSD.
According to the National Institutes of Health, PTSD affects about 7.7 million American adults. Of the 1.7 million veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, 20 percent suffer from PTSD or major depression. These “invisible wounds” of the approximately 1 in 3 returning soldiers affect both family and friends.
This year, the Conemaugh Health System will be sponsoring a community awareness event in Johnstown’s Central Park at noon on Thursday, June 27th. Literature regarding PTSD and Operation Family Caregiver will be distributed, as well as patriotic giveaways. Additionally, the Stone Bridge will be specially illuminated from 9PM-midnight in honor of PTSD Awareness Day, courtesy of the Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA).
All caregivers and families of veterans of Operations Enduring/Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn living with PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and/or a physical disability are eligible for participation in the program, Operation Family Caregiver. Operation Family Caregiver is a FREE, in-home, individualized, caregiver support educational intervention program offered by the Conemaugh Health System throughout Cambria, Somerset, and Bedford counties. The main goal of Operation Family Caregiver is to teach caregivers of returning Service Members a set of tools to help them help themselves better manage the many challenges of their everyday lives.
The objectives of the program are to:
- Improve the ability of a caregiver to use evidence-based problem-solving skills to reduce the burden of caregiving and enhance their well-being
- Improve utilization of problem-solving skills to lower a caregiver’s depression and increase their overall health
Conemaugh Health System is the only National Awardee of this vital program from the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) at Georgia Southwestern State University.
Please share the program information with your family, friends, and colleagues. We need your help to achieve the necessary widespread community engagement crucial to securing a level of participation that adequately demonstrates the need for continued funding of this valuable program.
For questions or more information, please call 866-707-8424 or visit www.conemaugh.org/OperationFamilyCaregiver.
For More Information, Please Contact:
Amy Bradley, Director of Public Affairs
Phone: (814) 534-3121