News Release -- Veterans Outreach Center to Present on Trauma at Thursday Thinkers Forum During PTSD Awareness Month

City of Rochester

News Release

Veterans Outreach Center to Present on Trauma at Thursday Thinkers Forum During PTSD Awareness Month 

(Monday, June 10, 2024) – Representatives from the Veterans Outreach Center will offer a presentation on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at the Thursday Thinkers: Insights into Rochester discussion series, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Trenton and Pamela Jackson R-Center, 485 N. Clinton Ave.

In recognition of PTSD-Awareness Month, the June Thursday Thinkers discussion series will feature presentations on aspects of trauma moderated by the Alia Henton-Williams, manager of City’s Crisis Intervention Services Unit, which includes the Person in Crisis Team. Participants in Thursday’s discussion will Learn how veterans’ organizations are leading the fight against trauma with essential resources and research, and gain insight into support systems for veterans and the latest advancements toward healing. 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an adverse mental health condition that can develop in people who experience a shocking, frightening, or dangerous event. Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) can develop in people who experience chronic or serial trauma. 

A growing body of research is finding that low-income and minority populations experience PTSD and CPSTD symptoms and related negative health outcomes at higher rates than the national average. The City’s Person in Crisis mobile support team seeks to reverse the effects of trauma by providing trained social workers as a non-law enforcement response to calls for mental and behavioral health crises.

Thursday Thinkers: Insights into Rochester is an adult-discussion forum offered in a different City R-Center each month to help residents learn about community resources and programs that can help them lead successful lives. The final trauma-themed Thursday Thinkers event will be:

June 20: Generational Trauma: Learn about the intergenerational impacts of structural racism and cumulative trauma, how they affect our health and the health of our community, and what we can do about it. Presenting Partner: Common Ground Health.

Visit to learn more about the City’s Person in Crisis Team. To request a response from Person in Crisis Team counselors, call 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.


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The Administration of Mayor Malik D. Evans strives to create a safe, equitable and prosperous Rochester by inspiring hope and delivering opportunity for everyone. Guided by the Administration’s Mission, Vision and Values and the principles of the “Rochester 2034” comprehensive plan, City employees are committed to providing exceptional customer service, transparent stewardship, and collaborative leadership to foster a vibrant community that empowers personal, professional and generational growth for all who live, work or play in the city of Rochester.