Remembering Pulse During PTSD Awareness Month

On June 12 we pause to remember Pulse and the 49 precious members of our community that were taken from us on June 12, 2016. We will also take time to consider those who were left behind in the wake of this tragedy; the victims, their families and friends, the 68 people who were also injured, and the first responders who suffer the emotional scars left behind from witnessing such a horrific scene.

Our community vowed to not let the hate and fear of that night take hold of our hearts. We dedicated ourselves to become better together – united as #OrlandoStrong is a powerful way to honor the victims.

With this in mind, let’s remember that June is also PTSD Awareness Month. In remembering Pulse, and in light of recent events in Buffalo, Uvalde, and other communities across our country, it’s important to understand what post-traumatic stress disorder looks like. PTSD may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event like mass shootings, natural disasters, war, and/or violent physical/sexual/verbal assaults. Individuals affected may experience depression, anxiety, nightmares, paranoia, insomnia, disturbing thoughts, including suicidal thoughts, and much more. While symptoms may range from mild to severe, it is important to know that PTSD is highly treatable. When we understand what PTSD is, we can reduce the stigma that may be felt, and help each other heal.

As we remember Pulse this year, let’s take time to check in on ourselves and those we care about who may be suffering and struggling. If you or someone you know are feeling the stress of past traumatic events, our team at Aspire is here to help, 24/7. Call us at (407) 875-3700, option 3, and we will connect you with team members that can help.

Sending thoughts of healing to our community and those impacted by these tragedies.