June 2, 2022
June recognized as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month
To increase awareness, June is recognized as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. PTSD is defined by the American Psychological Association as an anxiety problem that develops in some people after extremely traumatic events, such as combat, crime, an accident or natural disaster. Although trauma is the root cause, it’s the overwhelming symptoms – including night sweats, panic attacks, flashbacks and more – that make the condition diagnosable.
Trauma can affect everyone, veterans and non-veterans alike. Additionally, trauma seen or heard and not experienced firsthand can result in PTSD symptoms. However, not all trauma results in PTSD. As part of PTSD Awareness Month, June 27 is known as PTSD Screening Day. More information on screening is available via the Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center for PTSD.
The good news is there are treatments available that can help individuals who suffer from PTSD. Treatment options include different types of trauma-focused psychotherapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) as well as medications to manage symptoms. For help determining if treatment or therapy is needed, the American Psychological Association’s (APA) “How Do I Know if I Need Therapy?” PDF offers guidance.
In support of the behavioral health pillar of the Healthy Boiler Program, SupportLinc – provider of behavioral health services for Purdue’s West Lafayette campus – has a variety of resources available to help understand and learn more about PTSD, including:
- After a Tragedy: What Kids Can Do
- Coping with a Traumatic Event
- Mindfulness Practice in the Treatment of Traumatic Stress
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Preserving Your Mental Health
- PTSD and Family
In addition, SupportLinc offers confidential and professional support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year at no cost.
In order to meet the needs of the busy, diverse population at Purdue, SupportLinc provides multiple convenient ways to receive care via phone, computer, tablet, etc. Icons across the top navigation of the SupportLinc web portal offer quick and easy access to nine points of contact. They are:
- Phone – reach a licensed counselor by phone 24/7/365 at 888-881-5462.
- Video counseling – eConnect® allows individuals to schedule a 30-minute video, telephonic or web chat session with a licensed and experienced clinician.
- Text – exchange text messages, voicenotes and resources Monday through Friday with a licensed counselor through the mobile and desktop app via Textcoach®.
- Animo – personalized digital resource that strengthens mental health and overall well-being through a dynamic series of self-directed modules.
- Email – contact email@example.com for assistance via email.
- Ask the expert – fill out a short form and a SupportLinc team member will reply within one business day.
- Mobile app – SupportLinc eConnect mobile app allows individuals to talk or chat directly with a SupportLinc counselor or schedule a time for SupportLinc to call them.
- Navigator – a short survey takes the guesswork out of emotional fitness as individuals receive personalized guidance for accessing program support and resources based on their survey.
- Digital group support – anonymous group sessions offered on a variety of topics. Individuals are identified only by their avatar and avatar name. Once an avatar is created, individuals can select from a variety of session topics, which are rotated on an occasional basis so be sure to check back often for updates.
Additionally, the SupportLinc web portal provides access to thousands of articles, tip sheets and videos – like those above on PTSD – covering a wide array of health, well-being and work-life integration topics.
ADDITIONAL MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR FACULTY, STAFF, STUDENTS
To assist faculty and staff
Review the “Mental Health Resources” webpage for a variety of available resources for faculty and staff, including EAP resources for all Purdue campuses and information on Purdue’s health plan coverage for mental health and substance abuse.
To assist students
Faculty and staff who work with students or have a student at home can direct students to the resources below for behavioral health assistance. Note: LiveHealth Online Psychology and LiveHealth Online Psychiatry services are also available to Purdue students who are covered on a Purdue health plan. Mental health visits through LiveHealth Online are covered at 100% on the Purdue student health plan.
- Continuous Network of Support
- Services and Information
- Presentations & Trainings
- Student of Concern Reporting Link
- Therapy Services at CAPS
- Self-help Resources
- Group Therapy
- CAPS YouTube channel
- NAMI On Campus – A free, virtual support group on campus.
- Thriving Campus – Service that provides students a way to search for mental health providers locally and across the country.
- WellTrack – Interactive, self-help therapy app for students.