PTSD Awareness Day
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is recognized annually on the 27th of June. It is a day dedicated to increasing awareness regarding PTSD.
PTSD affects 3.6% of the U.S. adult population-approximately 9 million individuals. It occurs when someone experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. It is a mental health problem that affects many veterans and non-veterans.
Studies have found that as many as 98% of justice system-involved women have traumatic histories. Their extensive history of trauma and victimization is a leading cause of mental health disorders and substance abuse, and one of the critical drivers of women into incarceration. Additionally, studies have shown that about 50% of system-impacted women meet the criteria for lifetime PTSD. The most common diagnoses for women are depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, and PTSD.
Research has shown that mental health problems are common among all incarcerated populations, but women are disproportionately affected. Our gender-specific, trauma-intervention programs are designed to address this critical need and improve the reentry transition.