Recently, members of the Fayetteville community—mental health agencies, law enforcement, Fort Bragg, and the Southern Regional Area Health Education Center—met to explore the possibility of adopting the Silent Siren program. Started by the wife of an Iraqi veteran who experienced PTSD crises, the program promotes the use of voluntary alerts to the 911 emergency response system in order to support the individual with PTSD and his/her caregivers. Education for first responders, mental health workers, and family members is emphasized so that individuals experiencing PTSD crises can be assisted appropriately. Silent Siren also advocates uniting mental health and other community resources into a system that can support family members after a diagnosis or through a crisis situation. Community Blueprint in Fayetteville provides an existing structure for the adoption and implementation of this program.
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