National PTSD Awareness Day is held each year on June 27.

It is a day to recognize the effects post-traumatic stress has on the lives of those affected by it.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 can be reached at 1-800-273-8255.  

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers help for PTSD by calling 1-800-273-8255 and dialing 1 if you’re a veteran. The department also offers an online chat service with a counselor.

The Dorn VA in Columbia offers mental health services, which include individual and group counseling including skills building classes.

If you or someone you know is struggling, there is a Women Veteran Call Center where you can call or text 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636).

Hidden Wounds in Columbia offers programs and services designed to provide immediate and emergency psychological treatment for active-duty, veteran, and retired military service members regardless of discharge status. In many cases, they are able to act as a safety net until such time that the Department of Veteran’s Affairs is able to deliver long-term services through government-funded programs. Visit their website or call them at 1-888-4HW-HERO or (803) 403-8460.

You can find more veteran coverage here.

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