Speaker Wanner to launch PTSD Awareness Day in Alberta

by Morinville News Staff

Albertans are invited to join Speaker Robert E. Wanner for the launch of PTSD Awareness Day in Alberta on June 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the Legislature rotunda.

The inaugural event will include remarks by Members of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly and community members who have been affected by PTSD. A presentation of the PTSD Awareness Day ribbon and a short reception with light refreshments will follow the speeches.

“Life-changing trauma can begin suddenly and may only last a matter of seconds, but Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can disrupt a person’s life indefinitely. This serious disorder has afflicted thousands of Albertans,” said Honourable Robert E. Wanner, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in a release Thursday. “Creating awareness of PTSD paves the way towards understanding and the elimination of the stigma around this mental illness.”

PTSD can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic or terrifying event. Military personnel, first responders (police, firefighters and paramedics), doctors and nurses are at a greater risk than those in other professions. According to the PTSD Association of Canada, an estimated 8 per cent of Canadians will suffer from PTSD at some point in their lives.

Bill 206, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day Act came into force June 13 and was a Private Member’s bill sponsored by Edmonton-Castle Downs MLA Nicole Goehring.

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