Project HELP: PTSD




(A WMU Leadership Emphasis)



Through an initiative called Project HELPSM, WMU® identifies a social and moral issue and ties in national projects that help lead the church to address it.


Since the launch of Project HELP in 1994–1995, WMU has focused on a variety of universal problems over the years ranging from hunger and poverty to HIV/AIDS and racial injustice. With each issue, we seek to raise the level of awareness and provide practical approaches anyone can implement to open the door for meeting needs and sharing the gospel.



LRBA WMU Leadership Team



Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone, including veterans, first responders, victims of violence and survivors of natural disasters.


With increases in school shootings, the prevalence of natural disasters, and veterans returning from war, our society is keenly aware of the suffering produced by trauma.


During the years 2014-2016, we will explore Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a diagnosable mental disorder as classified by the DSM-V.  Some key facts about PTSD include the following:


  • PTSD is a diagnosable mental health disorder that must be diagnosed by a professional.
  • PTSD is caused by certain events such as sexual abuse, natural disasters, serious accidents, participating in war, etc. 
  • Anyone is susceptible to PTSD after a traumatic event.
  • PTSD is experienced around the world, though women are twice as likely to develop PTSD as men. Some research suggests this is due to the fact that women are more likely to experience interpersonal trauma than men.