Can We Shatter PTSD Stigma One Fearless Face at a Time?

Originally published on Wilson Writes on May 5, 2016 By Kelly Wilson.

Can We Shatter PTSD Stigma One Fearless Face at a Time

One of my Stand Up for Mental Health jokes about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is that most people think that only those in the military have PTSD. My idea of basic training is getting out of bed in the morning…and wearing pants.

A quick Google search will lead you to believe that the majority of those living with PTSD are men in uniform. The reality is that women are twice as likely to develop PTSD than men, and not all wars take place on the battlefield. We want to change the images that people have of PTSD and portray them more accurately within our culture. Here’s how you can help:

  • Share my photo that I made above with the #FacesOfPTSD campaign, or just share this blog post.
  • Share Not All Wars Take Place on the Battlefield, an article featured on Huffington Post Impact describing the #FacesOfPTSD movement.
  • If you have PTSD and want to join the #FacesOfPTSD campaign, you can download the template here, pop in your own photo, and then share it on your social media channels with the hashtag #FacesOfPTSD.

If one of the #FacesOfPTSD images ends up on the first page of search engines, then this will have been a success! I so appreciate your support!

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