As a mental health facility based in Denton, Texas, UBH Denton has become a noted care provider for patients that suffer from a wide range of mental health issues. As part of its many programs, UBH has lent greater support to patients suffering from PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder—particularly those within the military community. Believing that all individuals suffering from signs of PTSD—or any mental health issue—should seek care immediately, Denton is a strong advocate of PTSD Awareness Month.
A recent article from The Huffington Post highlights June as PTSD Awareness Month, and targets specific ways that the public can help raise awareness and allow those in need to find the proper assistance that can aid in recovery. Developed and presented by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affair, this year’s PTSD Awareness month is described as a “Take the Step” campaign. According to the VA website, the “Take the Step” campaign is designed for individuals to become more aware of PTSD, with each week in June focusing on a different “step.”
In a recent press statement, UBH Denton commends this approach, “The ‘Take the Step’ campaign is structured very intelligently, as PTSD is a problem that is very comprehensive and can be difficult for many to understand—especially those who are suffering from it. While general awareness is critical to help reduce the negative effects caused by PTSD, we hope that this ongoing month-long campaign will generate greater public involvement and develop a communal understanding of this very present problem.”
The VA website explains the different steps of PTSD Awareness Month, with the first week focusing on learning about PTSD. It states that during this “step,” individuals should become more open to learning about the varied symptoms and caused of PTSD, and the many people it can impact—including the friends and family members of sufferers. The VA also provides a helpful booklet titled Understanding PTSD which can help enlighten many individuals about what the condition really entails.
The second week, or step, highlights making the effort to “challenge beliefs” regarding PTSD—a step that UBH Denton believes it critical to advancing public perception of this often misunderstood mental health condition. During this week the VA encourages people “to think about all the benefits of getting help for PTSD, supporting someone in treatment, or learning how to offer the best care for…clients.”
In its press statement, UBH adds, “This step is very important and one that may prove the most critical of the campaign. ‘Take the Step’ does a great job of getting everyone involved in becoming more aware of PTSD, its symptoms and treatment options, including those who suffer from it, those who know someone suffering from it, as well as those treating patients with the disorder. While ‘challenging beliefs’ can lead to more comprehensive treatment from mental health care providers, as well as greater support from family and friends facing PTSD, this step is probably most important for those actually suffering from the condition. Many people who experience PTSD symptoms—especially those in the military—view the disorder as a weakness and eventually may end up channeling their problem into violent actions, depression and, in some cases, suicide. If we can get more people to overcome personal barriers in recognizing their own PTSD, there is a greater potential that patients will find the proper assistance they need to recover.”
The VA website continues by describing its third “step” as learning about treatment options, which many may not prove aware of—even if they know how to recognize PTSD symptoms. UBH Denton, remains in support of raising awareness on the availability of diverse treatment options, as it is a facility that provides a wide selection of appropriate treatments to its patients. The Denton, Texas-based facility has also taken part in this step, by establishing its Freedom Care Military Program. Under the Freedom Care Military Program, sufferers who are veterans can find specifically-guided help to treat service-induced PTSD. The comprehensive program also lends help to service men and women who may suffer from additional problems that could possibly stem from PTSD, such as addiction and suicidal behavior.
According to the VA, the fourth and final week, or “step,” of PTSD Awareness Month focuses on reaching out to those in need. As such, UBH encourages all people to find ways that they can not only identify PTSD, but help those who may suffer from it. As a mental health care provider, UBH Denton encourages not only friends and family members to reach out to provide guidance, but also those who have already sought help for PTSD. The facility comments in its press statement, “Many times, veterans will prove willing to listen to other service men and women who have suffered from PTSD and sought appropriate treatment.”
According to Denton, one important factor that is highlighted by The Huffington Post article is that many people may not prove aware of just how many people suffer from the condition. The article states, “Contrary to what many believe, anyone can develop PTSD: veterans and non-veterans, men and women, the very young and the elderly. About 7 to 8 percent of the U.S. population will have PTSD at some point in their lives—that’s up to 25 million people, based on current U.S. population estimates—and many more are affected by a loved one’s PTSD. Chances are that someone you know has PTSD.”
“Even though PTSD has been increasingly associated with returning members of the military, it is also important for people to recognize that anyone who has endured a traumatic event can suffer from this complicated disorder. It is important to stay aware of this factor when noticing behavioral changes in yourself or a loved one following a traumatic incident,” UBH Denton concludes in its press statement.
University Behavioral Health Denton, is a freestanding psychiatric hospital in northern Texas. Founded in 2005, this facility offers services in mental health and chemical dependency treatment. Specifically, the staff maintains a focus on utilizing evidence-based treatments that have proven positive outcomes. UBH Denton remains committed to serving the diverse needs of patients, including younger children and teenagers and offers inpatient and outpatient options.