Understanding PTSD focus of seminar

By Dana Thornbury DLA Land and Maritime Public Affairs

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DLA Land and Maritime Employment Assistance Program Manager Drew Henderson hosted a seminar on Understanding Posttraumatic Stress Disorder for associates June 25 in the Buckeye Room at the Defense Supply Center Columbus. Associates unable to attend in person had the option to participate virtually by calling into the workshop.

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Understanding PTSD
DLA Land and Maritime Employment Assistance Program Manager Drew Henderson hosted a seminar on Understanding PTSD for associates June 25 in the Buckeye Room at the Defense Supply Center Columbus. Associates unable to attend in person had the option to participate virtually by calling into the workshop. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, such as combat, a natural disaster, a car accident or sexual assault. During the seminar, he explained what PTSD is, how to deal with it and how to help others.The workshop was held two days prior to PTSD Awareness Day.
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PTSD is a mental health condition that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, such as combat, a natural disaster, a car accident or sexual assault.

“It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge or have trouble sleeping after a traumatic event,” Henderson said. “If it’s been longer than a few months and you’re still having symptoms, you may have PTSD.”

Henderson noted that for some people PTSD symptoms may start later on or come and go over time.

During the seminar, he explained what PTSD is, how to deal with it and how to help others.

The workshop was held two days prior to PTSD Awareness Day.

For associates who missed the seminar and are interested in learning more about PTSD, they can view the slideshow presentation online and contact Henderson by email or calling 614-692-2000.

Additional resources available to the workforce include:



The Employee Assistance Program brings together a variety of personal services under one roof.

At one time or another, each of us may face problems or concerns related to areas such as mental health, financial and/or legal matters, alcohol or drug abuse, work-related stressors, marriage/family and caregiving issues, illnesses, accidents, and relationships.

The EAP is a free and confidential counseling and referral service available to all employees and their dependents. EAP provides initial telephone consultation, problem assessment/clarification, short-term in-person counseling and referral to treatment options through the employee's health plan or community resources, if needed.

The Employee Assistance Program is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year.

EAP Services:

  • Counseling: The EAP is a confidential counseling and referral service that can help you and your family successfully deal with life’s challenges. EAP services are available at no cost to you. Counselors can also provide referrals to community resources based on client needs, health insurance coverage, and financial resources.
  • Legal and Financial: EAP includes free consultation with financial experts and licensed attorneys to provide assistance with your legal and financial questions. Services include help with living wills and health care power of attorneys, housing or real estate matters, estate planning, education funding, and retirement planning and investment strategies.
  • Health and Wellness Presentations and EAP Orientations: EAP makes health and wellness presentations and orientations to support supervisors and employees. The orientation sessions discuss the benefits of EAP, how the EAP functions, and how to access the service. Health and wellness presentations include such topics as conflict resolution, substance abuse prevention, balancing work and life, time and stress management, and more.
  • Supervisor and Risk Management Consultation: EAP counselors provide guidance and consultation so that supervisors can effectively identify, interact with, and refer employees with performance or conduct issues to the program. Counselors are available 24/7 to discuss performance concerns and the appropriate EAP intervention.
  • Critical Incident Response: Exposure to threats, acts of violence, natural disasters, injury, or death calls for immediate response. EAP’s trained critical incident stress management (CISM) counselors assist in management consultations, CISM services, and follow-up with the organization and individuals.
  • Webinars: Learn about emotional health and wellness topics by attending pre-recorded webinars and podcasts.