David Lynch’s Operation Wellness Warrior Raises PTSD Awareness

More than 7 million Americans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and many of them are veterans. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals recover from PTSD, but a number of sufferers are still undiagnosed.

Filmmaker David Lynch recently announced that he plans to launch a program titled, Operation Wellness Warrior, to emphasize medication as treatment for soldiers with PTSD. An upcoming benefit for the program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will include celebrities, including Mehmet Oz, Katy Perry, Clint Eastwood and Russell Brand, according to the Huffington Post. The goal of the nonprofit program is to give transcendental meditation instruction to veterans with PTSD and their families.

David Lynch foundation representative Robert Roth told the news source that he believes the Operation Warrior Wellness program may shed light on new forms of treatment for PTSD and reduce the stigma behind the condition.

Approximately 35 percent of soldiers who have been deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq since 2001 suffer from PTSD. The Operation Wellness Warrior program, which is being guided by psychiatrists and PTSD researchers, hopes to raise awareness of the condition. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals manage their PTSD over time.