CHICAGO — State Rep. Michael Kelly, D-Chicago, is helping to recognize individuals dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by supporting legislation to have Illinois recognize June 27 as National PTSD Awareness Day.

“As a first responder for nearly 20 years, I’ve seen firsthand the impacts that PTSD can have on an individual,” said Kelly. “People dealing with PTSD deserve our support, and I am proud to be a part of this effort to give their struggle more visibility.”

PTSD affects millions of Americans each year. While estimates vary, some estimates place the rate of PTSD in first responders as high as 1 in 3. Kelly sponsored House Bill 4928, which aims to promote greater recognition of the effects that PTSD has on individuals. The bill was passed unanimously by the House and now moves to the Senate.

“It’s important to destigmatize PTSD for those dealing with it,” said Kelly. “People with PTSD are not dangerous; they are simply struggling to cope with past traumas. There are ways for those living with this condition to get the help they need. We need to make sure individuals can reach out for help, and that is exactly what this legislation will help do. I encourage everyone to recognize and support those with PTSD, both on June 27, and year-round.”

Rep. Michael KellyRep. Michael Kelly

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