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File #: 181021    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: LAPSED
File created: 11/15/2018 In control: Committee on Public Health and Human Services
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Authorizing the Committee on Public Health and Human Services to hold hearings on post-traumatic stress disorder and improving access to mental health services for the City's veteran population.
Sponsors: Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Reynolds Brown
Attachments: 1. Signature18102100.pdf
Title
Authorizing the Committee on Public Health and Human Services to hold hearings on post-traumatic stress disorder and improving access to mental health services for the City's veteran population.

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WHEREAS, Throughout history, people have recognized that exposure to combat can negatively impact the mental health of those involved in these situations; and

WHEREAS, The diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) historically originates from observations of the effect of combat on soldiers, and has been described in the past as "combat fatigue," "shell shock," or "war neurosis"; and

WHEREAS, PTSD impacts 11-20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans, approximately 12 percent of Gulf War veterans, and 15 percent of Vietnam veterans; and

WHEREAS, In addition to combat-related PTSD, roughly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 100 men utilizing the Veterans Administration report instances of sexual assault, which can also result in prolonged traumatic stress; and

WHEREAS, Risk factors for PTSD among people in the military include lower education status, previous traumas, drug and alcohol use, poor social support, a history of mental illness and, for some, genetics may make them more predisposed to developing PTSD than others; and

WHEREAS, People with PTSD often have co-occurring conditions such as depression, which also puts sufferers at risk of suicide. A report by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs suggests about 20 veterans died by suicide each day in 2014; and

WHEREAS, Other factors that can increase the risk of suicide in the military PTSD population include substance use, other mental health conditions, and relationship problems; and

WHEREAS, Both active duty service members and veterans face barriers to treatment for mental health issues such as; personal embarrassment about service-related mental disabilities, fear of being seen as weak, long wait times to receive mental health treatment, a lack of understanding or awareness...

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