For children, teens, and college students, summertime is associated with freedom from school and positive emotions. However, summer can also be a time where certain mental health issues need to be tended to even more than usual. Out-of-school time is also a large adjustment for parents caring for children over the summer without the respite that school can bring.

Anxiety issues can also come to the surface due in part to the lack of structure that summer brings. Though most young people claim this is the time of year they most look forward to, many become listless and irritable because of a lack of structured activity. Read more.

June 1, 2018
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
National PTSD Awareness Day is a time to encourage everyone to raise public awareness of PTSD and effective treatments. Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a disorder that some people develop after experiencing a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.

It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. This fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to respond to danger and help a person avoid danger in the future. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people will recover from those symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are no longer in danger.

Only a mental health or medical professional can diagnose PTSD. If you, a friend or family member went through a trauma and answer “yes” to at least three of the questions below, please consider a PTSD evaluation. 
Become a member of the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition
Does your organization, church, temple, or community group want to combine forces with our organization? Do you individually want to engage with us to stop the stigma of mental illness? Please consider becoming a member of our Coalition by completing our membership form

It is going to take a massive community effort to move the needle on stigma, please become a part of the solution. Questions? Please contact Max Donatelli, Chairperson, at
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