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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Marion County commissioners proclaim June as PTSD Awareness Month

During the Marion County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting on Tuesday, June 7, the commissioners proclaimed the month of June as PTSD Awareness Month in Marion County.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur after a person experiences trauma including, but not limited to, the stress of combat, abuse, violence, assault, and putting one’s life on the line as a first responder. Each year, PTSD affects approximately 8 million adults in the United States.

In 2014, the United States Senate designated the month of June as PTSD Awareness Month to raise public awareness about issues related to PTSD in order to reduce the stigmas associated with PTSD and to help ensure that those suffering from these invisible wounds receive proper treatment.

This year, Marion County aims to help provide resources to those in need by highlighting available resources in the community via social media and other means throughout the month of June.

Marion County commissioners proclaim June as PTSD Awareness Month
Marion County commissioners proclaimed June as PTSD Awareness Month (Photo courtesy of the Marion County Board of County Commissioners)

In addition, Marion County has partnered with three local nonprofits to help raise awareness and funds via the sale of teal shirts for “National Teal Out Day” on Monday, June 27.

Shirts are now on sale for $22, and they can be purchased through the end of the month on the Marion County Fire Rescue Benevolence Fund webpage. All proceeds will benefit the Marion County Fire Rescue Benevolence Fund, the Fire Rescue Support Fund, and the Emilio Rivera Foundation.

The entire community is invited to wear teal and join Marion County in a 2.2-mile walk/run at the McPherson Governmental Campus Wellness Trail on June 27. The 2.2-mile distance is to honor the 22 veterans per day who take their lives due to PTSD. This event will have food trucks parked on campus, along with resources to help those who are suffering from PTSD.

As of today, the event sponsors include: The Guest House Ocala, Gold’s Gym – Ocala, Combined Insurance Systems, The Vines Ocala, Apex Flooring, and Signature Title.

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners urges all citizens to bring awareness to those suffering from PTSD, and to encourage people to reach out to their fellow citizens to provide support and remove the stigma associated with this disorder.