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JCC to hold Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Week May 4-6

To enhance the understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and create awareness of services available in the community, Jefferson Community College (JCC) will host PTSD Awareness Week with daily events held May 4 through May 6, 2015. Admission to each event is free and the public is invited to attend.

As defined by, “Posttraumatic stress disorder is a serious condition that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic or terrifying event in which serious physical harm occurred or was threatened.” Most commonly associated with military combat trauma, PTSD is also triggered by traumatic events such as domestic violence, severe accidents, sexual assault, unexpected death of a loved one and natural disasters.

On Monday, May 4, keynote Rorke T. Denver will lead a discussion about combat induced PTSD at 6:30 p.m. in Sturtz Theater, McVean Center. Denver has a 13-year career with the United States Navy Seals. At the helm of special operations in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Iraq’s Al Anbar Province, Denver was awarded the Bronze Star with “V” for valorous action in combat. He ran all phases of Navy Seal training including advanced sniper, hand-to-hand fighting, communications, diving and language. Denver starred in the 2012 movie Act of Valor, whose film cast included several active duty U.S. Navy Seals. Rorke shares his personal experience training men to become Navy Seals in the 2013 released New York Times Bestseller Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior that he co-authored with Ellis Henican. A book signing will take place at JCC after his presentation on May 4.

On Tuesday, May 5 Jefferson will host Alive! Mental Health Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Jules Center Commons (Building 6).  The Alive! Mental Health Fair is a program of the Kristin Brooks Hope Center, created to provide a thought provoking educational suicide prevention program aimed at college students. Having visited over 40 colleges, the Mental Health Fair provides a unique opportunity for students to express themselves through either secret posts or a displayed canvas. The program includes a documentary screening of A Reason to Live, which depicts young suicidal adults grappling with suicide issues and how interventionists helped them. Additionally, local agencies will be on hand to provide information about their services.

Stop the Violence presentation will be presented by the Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County at 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Lounge, McVean Center.

Retired Lieutenant of the New York City Fire Department, Joe Torrillo, will present at 6:30 p.m. in Room 6-002, Jules Center (Building 6). Torrillo was working the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the U.S. when he was buried alive twice. As a professional public speaker, Torrillo travels all over the world with the mission to resurrect patriotism and transform our country into the “Re-United States of America.” 




On Wednesday, May 6 join the JCC campus community in a PTSD awareness walk from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Walkers will meet on the Quad.

For more information about PTSD awareness events at JCC, call the Student Activities Center at 315-786-2431.

Sponsored by River Hospital, Kinney Drugs, and the JCC Foundation, Alumni Association, Student Government and Campus Activities Board.