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During PTSD Awareness Month and beyond, Methodist's Military Employee Resource Group is committed to supporting those affected

Published: June 12, 2024
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June is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness of PTSD and support the roughly 12 million people in the U.S. who are affected by it.

Methodist’s Military Employee Resource Group (MERG) is dedicated to providing support and/or a listening ear to our military community. We understand the unique challenges faced by military members and veterans, and we’re committed to being a source of help and comfort. 

Whether you need information on where to get assistance or just someone to talk to, MERG is here for you – during PTSD Awareness Month and beyond.


What is PTSD?

PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety and uncontrollable thoughts about the event. PTSD can affect anyone, but it’s especially prevalent among military personnel and veterans who have been exposed to combat and other life-threatening situations.


What PTSD Awareness Month entails

During PTSD Awareness Month, organizations and communities come together to:

  • Raise awareness about the symptoms and impacts of PTSD
  • Provide information about available treatments and resources
  • Encourage open conversations to reduce stigma
  • Support those who suffer from PTSD and their loved ones


Crisis and Support Resources

If you or someone you know is struggling with PTSD or thoughts of suicide, remember that help is available. Seeking help is a sign of strength, and there are many people and resources ready to support you on your journey to healing. 

Here are some important crisis and support phone numbers:


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call 988 or 1-800-273-8255, or send a text to 988.


Veterans Crisis Line

Call 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1) or text 838255. You can also call 988 and press Option 1.


Crisis Text Line

Text "HELLO" to 741741.


National Center for PTSD

Call 1-802-296-6300 or visit


SAMHSA National Helpline

Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).


Best Care EAP

Call (402)-354-8000 or 1-800-801-4182.



Email, call or approach fellow MERG members.


You are not alone

It’s crucial to remember that you are cared for and supported. If you ever need assistance, please use the resources above or reach out to friends, family or fellow veterans. 

This PTSD Awareness Month, let’s stand together to support our military community, raise awareness and promote understanding.