Invisible Wounds: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Suicide Prevention

Resources to help those suffering from PTSD, including our veterans, educators, and students

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem that can be developed after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. It can affect anyone, including our military veterans, educators, and students.

PTSD-related suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Proposed solutions to this problem include increasing knowledge about the issue, understanding target groups, and using state resources to help those in crisis.

Myriad resources exist to assist with suicide prevention by cause of posttraumatic stress disorder. The resources you’ll find on this site cover basic information–including the definition of PTSD, how one contracts the mental illness, and symptoms to watch for. Three major target groups–veterans, children/adolescents, and the general population–and therapies to assist them each respectfully are included, in addition to an interactive map with the appropriate Suicide Crisis Hotlines by state.

Here's How You Can Help

An estimated 8% of Americans — 24.4 million people — have posttraumatic stress disorder at any time. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of PTSD and how it’s related to suicide; how it affects veterans, students, and educators; and what therapies can be used to help each group.

PTSD/Suicide Prevention State Contacts

PTSD and Suicide Prevention Resources By State

Use this map to find services and help in your state, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free at 1-800-273-8255.


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