If you're not sure whether or not someone is suffering from PTSD, start with 'The Hunger Games.'

My hope is that someone sees these images and feels less alone ... and gets help.

That's why I'm sharing it here.

Post traumatic stress disorder is:

Being easily startled

Flashbacks — reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like racing heart or sweating

Feeling tense or "on edge"

Feeling strong guilt, depression, or worry

Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the experience

Having difficulty sleeping and/or bad dreams

Feeling emotionally numb

Losing interest in in activities that were enjoyable in the past

PTSD is serious.

From the Mayo Clinic:

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away through one or more of these resources:
— Reach out to a close friend or loved one.
— Contact a minister, a spiritual leader or someone in your faith community.
— Call a suicide hotline number — in the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor. Use that same number and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.
— Make an appointment with your doctor, mental health provider or other health care professional.

There are ways to get help. You can get better.

Share this. It might save someone's life.


If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.