302015Aug

Violent Traumas Linked To Buried Health Issues

Highlights

Post-traumatic stress disorder common among victims, perpetrators of violence
Chronic stress associated with poor mental, emotional, physical health
Mental health stigma still an issue, especially in smaller communities
Winton resident Claudia Gonzalez, 29, holds a photo of a friend who was killed by gang violence while speaking about her childhood and experience being initiated into a gang at the Merced Organizing Project office. Andrew Kuhn akuhn@mercedsunstar.com