Every year, Kentuckians set off thousands of fireworks.
While there are legal issues if you set off fireworks, we all know they will happen sometime in our neighborhoods.
But did you know fireworks can be a mental health issue for your neighbors?
For some, hearing a firework near their home begins a cycle of intense fear, flashbacks to past events, and even paranoia for several days.
Post Traumatic Stress can happen in anyone who has experienced trauma. Victims of gun violence, military veterans, immigrants from war-torn countries, and many others could have damaging, negative experiences because of your celebration.
If you are going to set off personal fireworks somewhere, please use the following tips to minimize the mental health damage to your neighbors:
If you are experiencing PTSD, some tips for you:
If you are concerned you or a loved one has PTSD, please take a free mental health screening at mhaky.org/mental-health-screenings.html. If you need more information, please reach out to us at 859-684-7778 (call or text) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.