The month of June in the United States of America is wedged between Memorial Day at the end of May and Independence Day on the 4th of July. So it would make sense that we have made June PTSD Awareness month and while PTSD is so much more than military, it is a significant origins and where much of the treatment has been refined. One option for recovery is REBOOT Recovery, a Christian Trauma Recovery program that is evidence based and held within the Church.
Trauma, since the DSM 5 has come out, has become more narrowed to a specific definition. “Not all stressful events involve trauma. The DSM-5 definition of trauma requires ‘actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence’. Stressful events not involving an immediate threat to life or physical injury such as psychosocial stressors (e.g., divorce or job loss) are not considered trauma in this definition.” (Behav Sci) So while things are difficult, it’s not actual trauma.
But when trauma happens, the symptoms affect all areas of life and recovery can be difficult and lengthy. A couple of statistics to know:
- There are currently about 8 million people in the United States with PTSD. (Veterans Affairs)
- 22 U.S. veterans die by suicide every day. (22andtroops.com)
- More than two thirds of children reported at least 1 traumatic event by age 16. (SAMHSA)
So REBOOT Recovery ministry was created initially to help soldiers who have come out of combat but now has two other options with trauma in general as well as first responders. Check them out below and see if your church could host it. (Also, if you have RightNowMedia, it is available on there for free now)