Mayor Grover Robinson Raises Awareness and Support for PTSD
Today, City of Pensacola Mayor, Grover Robinson, proclaimed June as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Month for the City of Pensacola. A ceremony announcing the proclamation was held at Pensacola Fire Station #1. A portion of the Proclamation reads: The purpose of this month is to bring public awareness for PTSD and its symptoms, provide support to individuals with PTSD and their families and assure there are treatments available, and to continue to promote more research and treatment.
“It’s important for all of us to recognize and work to understand PTSD, and to not be afraid of conversations about mental health,” Mayor Grover Robinson said. “I am incredibly grateful for our first responders who often experience traumatic situations in order to protect the public, putting others above themselves every day. I encourage anyone who is suffering silently to reach out for assistance and know they are not alone.”
Ginny Cranor, Pensacola Fire Department Fire Chief commented, “I want to thank the Mayor for Proclaiming June Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Month for the City of Pensacola. It’s important for everyone in the community to remember that PTSD affects all of us, not just members of the military or first responders. Every person can experience a PTSD issue. Preventing problems, symptoms, and long-term effects begins with awareness. Understanding and awareness help in learning strategies to cope.”
The proclamation request was initiated by community advocate Megan Walters, who remarked, “Thank you, Mayor Robinson for bringing attention to the impact of PTSD in this community.”
PTSD is defined as a disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. The VA reports that about eight million adults have PTSD during a given year. Help and information are available at www.ptsd.va.gov.