The Town of Babylon is hosting a series of free seminars on post-traumatic stress disorder starting Wednesday.
Called Sean’s Hope Workshop, the seminars are designed to promote awareness about PTSD and also educate friends and family of those who are experiencing symptoms. Town officials said the seminars are not for individuals suffering from PTSD and are informational only and not professional therapy.
The program is named after U.S. Army Spc. Sean LaPersonerie of Copiague, who returned from deployment in Iraq with symptoms of PTSD, said his mother, Marie LaPersonerie. Last year Sean LaPersonerie, 24, who never sought treatment for the disorder, died after being hit by a car while crossing East Main Street in Babylon Village.
The workshop will discuss ways to recognize PTSD symptoms related to the experiences of members of the armed forces, superstorm Sandy survivors and victims of crime and domestic abuse.
According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, about 7.7 million American adults age 18 and older have PTSD, although children also can have the disorder. Symptoms include nightmares, emotional numbness, intense feelings of guilt, worry or anger and violent outbursts.
The eight-week workshop will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday through Nov 6. The first six seminars will be held at the Spangle Drive Senior Center in North Babylon and the final two sessions will be at Tanner Park Senior Center in Copiague.
Those interested in attending are asked to call town board member Tom Donnelly’s office at 631-957-3081 to RSVP or receive more information.