WHEREAS: June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness (PTSD) Month, and is intended to raise public awareness about issues related to PTSD, reduce the stigma associated with PTSD, and help ensure that those suffering from the invisible wounds of war receive proper treatment.
PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can occur after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, it causes intense fear, helplessness or horror.
In 2019, June 27 was officially recognized as PTSD Awareness Day for the first time in Ontario by the provincial government.
PTSD has become a global health issue and the prevalence of it is gaining awareness. In Canada, between 1.1 and 3.5 per cent of the general population is thought to have PTSD.
The City of Brampton recognizes military personnel, emergency personnel, rescue workers, first responders, journalists and families of victims are particularly at risk, although PTSD can affect anyone, regardless of socio-economic status, gender, age, nationality or vocation.
THEREFORE: I, Mayor Patrick Brown, on behalf of Brampton City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2021 as "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month” in the City of Brampton.