Bouma introduces a Private Member’s Bill to raise awareness for PTSD

QUEEN’S PARK — Brantford-Brant’s MPP introduced his first Private Member’s Bill in the Legislature today to raise awareness for post-traumatic stress disorder.  “Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating anxiety disorder which can occur after a person has experienced a traumatic event. Common among veterans, first responders, dispatchers and survivors of sexual violence, PTSD, similar to other mental illnesses, still faces stigmatization which prevents sufferers from seeking the help they need in order to combat this terrible affliction,” Bouma stated during first reading of the Bill.  PTSD has become an important global health issue and the prevalence of it is gaining in awareness. In Canada, between 1.1 and 3.5 per cent of the general population is thought to have PTSD. In 2016, Ontario amended the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act,…

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