Team Members Take Steps to Support PTSD Awareness staff walk around cornerAt, we consider it a privilege to support efforts to increase awareness related to a variety of mental health issues. Like many of the members in our therapist directory, we believe increased awareness and education can translate to a significant reduction in stigma, one of the biggest barriers to people seeking help.

PTSD Awareness Month, recognized in June, represented the latest opportunity for us to demonstrate our support for awareness not only to our membership and readership, but within the local community as well. In addition to ramping up our production of authoritative and quality content about posttraumatic stress, its implications, and treatment options, team members took steps of their own to help make a difference.

Using fitness trackers provided by, participating team members welcomed their first challenge: average at least 8,000 steps a day in June. For each team member who met this goal, pledged to make a donation on their behalf to SafePlace, an Olympia, Washington-based nonprofit organization that advocates for and provides sanctuary to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Formed in 1981, it is the only such advocacy agency and confidential shelter in Thurston County.

“We implemented a company fitness program because we wanted to promote a culture of well-being both physically and mentally,” said Ellen Saline, director of human resources at “We are excited to support employees in their own personal wellness goals and to couple that with supporting other important causes.”

The most essential purpose of is to connect people with the help they seek, and we’re pleased to be able to support a local organization that shares that purpose.

More than 3 million combined steps later, made good on its pledge to employees. The donation to SafePlace will support its mission to promote personal and societal change through crisis intervention and education. We hope it will also help bring awareness to the high incidence of posttraumatic stress symptoms among survivors of interpersonal violence. The most essential purpose of is to connect people with the help they seek, and we’re pleased to be able to support a local organization that shares that purpose.

Senior editor Rob Wieman,’s high stepper in June, said he found it personally meaningful to be able to contribute.

“It was important for me to be a part of this in some small way and support awareness efforts, especially in our own community,” he said. “I edit and publish articles every day about people who are working hard to overcome conditions like PTSD. It’s hard not be inspired by their stories. I’d have gladly walked barefoot.”


Nathanson, A. M., Shorey, R. C., Tirone, V., & Rhatigan, D. L. (2012). The prevalence of mental health disorders in a community sample of female victims of intimate partner violence. Partner Abuse, 3(1), 59-75. Retrieved from

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