Blinn College invites the public to learn more about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), its implications on those suffering and community resources available to them. The discussion will take place at the Blinn-Bryan campus on November 6 beginning at noon. The presentation is free and open to the public, and will be hosted in College Park Center (CPC) Room 104.
Marcus Overstreet, a veteran peer support specialist at the Brazos Valley office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), will discuss the causes and symptoms of PTSD as well as treatment options.
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization that provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness for families affected by mental illness. “PTSD is often associated with veterans, but I also want people to know that we are not the only group affected,” Overstreet said. “It’s important for people with PTSD to know that they are not alone and there are community resources available to them.”
Dr. Janine Suvak, a retired Air Force flight surgeon who resides in Montgomery with her family, will discuss her personal experience with PTSD after a 2004 tour of duty in Iraq. “People are complex,” Suvak said. “Those who suffer from PTSD often have a difficult time asking for help. Several factors can contribute to and trigger PTSD, and it’s important for people to recognize those triggers and contributing factors so that living with PTSD becomes less difficult.”
The presentation is part of Blinn’s 2015-16 Community Lecture Series on mental health. The series will continue Friday, December 4, with a presentation from Dr. Jesse Parr, a local pediatrician and nationwide expert on ADD. Parr will address ADD in adults. Blinn will also host a lecture on Alzheimer’s disease in the spring.
For more information, visit www.blinn.edu.