In order to bring greater awareness to the issue of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the U.S. Senate designated June 27th  as National PTSD Awareness Day. In addition, June has been designated as PTSD Awareness Month by the National Center for PTSD.
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After a traumatic event, most people have harsh memories. For many people, the effects of the event fade over time. But for others, the memories, thoughts and feelings don't go away - even months or years after the event is over. For those with PTSD, each day can become a struggle as they face secondary consequences of the disorder, such as insomnia, depression, anxiety, job loss and isolation.

It is important for friends, family members and colleagues to be aware of the signs and symptoms of PTSD, so they are able to recognize it in their loved ones and seek the appropriate help.

Since our inception in 1943, Family Matters' Mental and Behavioral Health unit has improved the access and quality of care for area residents who are struggling with mental illness with clinics in Maryland and Washington, DC. We are always here to help. Read More 
President's Corner
Dear Family Matters Community,

Loss comes in many forms and it is an inevitable part of life. It could be the loss of a job, a competition, a dear friend or a family member. I believe loss is a very personal occurrence and only you can determine how you will feel and react.

I recently experienced a loss that was the most significant struggle of my life. Earlier this year my husband of 28 years passed away from cancer. With a busy life and responsibilities, it is hard to take the time to grieve and cope properly so sometimes those feeling are pushed aside. Some days, though, feelings just take over and I have been no different but I took some time, surrounded myself with friends and family and talked with someone that could help me start my healing process.

Tonya Jackson Smallwood
President & CEO
Staff Spotlight
Reia Tobias is the Lead Diagnostic Assessment Clinician at Family Matters of Greater Washington. She is originally from Trinidad & Tobago and graduated from the University of Connecticut. Her philosophy is that thoughts control your feelings and actions. Reia's source of happiness is her kids.

When Reia isn't working, she enjoys working out and nature activities. The Grand Canyon is the most incredible view she has ever seen. If she had one special power, she would fly.

Reia is an all-star member of the Family Matters Team.
Health 360° Events - July 12 & 13
Family Matters of Greater Washington is hosting two evenings of all things health related. 

Less than half of adult Americans with mental illness receive treatment. Family Matters' events are an outlet for community members to receive the help they need, or just learn more about the importance of health. 

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