New stretch target
The £150 initial goal is simply to set up the charity. Our stretch goal would give us enough money to secure our first 3 years of minimum operating costs, funding for our first fundraising event and some content for the website. Quite simply, the more we receive the more good we can do.
I want to start a charity for PTSD sufferers in the UK - there currently isn't one for non-veterans! I'm looking for funds to pay for the basics in setting up a charity (companies house registration, domain purchase and hosting for website etc.) to allow me to begin the important work of fundraising.
The main aim for the charity will be to raise awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the UK.
About the project
Hello there!For the past 4-5 months or so, I've been battling with the huge pain in the butt that is PTSD. My Post Traumatic Stress Disorder came as a result of being assaulted 2 years ago and left me with debilitating, exhausting, uncontrollable and crippling fear - stuck in the fight/flight/freeze adrenaline surge. Fear of everything, and unable to do almost anything (including just being me) without incredible effort even though the man who assaulted me will be in prison for the next 9 years. At times I've been unable to move, breathe or speak from ridiculous fear just by going about my everyday life. I developed psoriasis under my eyes from crying so much, doctors wanted to put me on beta-blockers so I didn't damage my heart from putting it under too much stress, I didn't sleep for more than an hour at a time, my muscles and joints were in agony from being tense, I'd chip my fillings out from clenching my teeth so hard without knowing and I've made life difficult for everyone around me - I wasn't me anymore, I became a highly sensitive faulty cctv system. I couldn't go out alone, but I couldn't be alone in the house either... Being off work for the last 4 months was therefore helpful, painful and awful at the same time. BUT the important part here is I'm talking in past tense!Miraculous help has come in the most odd form of psychotherapy: eye movement desensitisation reprocessing and I finished this treatment last Thursday after going private (NHS waiting list was another 6 months away!). Now I can be in an unlocked car alone, have a bath in an empty house, Play music when I'm in an empty house, go out in my garden finally and even drive with the windows down! Small things yes, but massive changes for me. I'm looking to go back to work soon and be normal me again!I'm not after sympathy, I simply feel that it's important to share this with the world: I know that there are people a lot worse off than I was but it's important for the world to know what PTSD is, how EMDR therapy can help and that it's not only people in the armed forces that can have PTSD (something I used to think). Not even my GP knew enough about it - and I'm not willing to accept a lack of knowledge for others in the same situation I was!
I had a normal reaction to an abnormal situation - PTSD is considered a psychological trauma, regardless of what incident caused it and can therefore affect anybody! However, there is no PTSD charity for non-veterans in the UK!PTSD is a very misunderstood issue, which hasn't helped things for me - but I want to be able to help others. The main aim for the charity will be to raise awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the UK - ultimately, I'd love to be able to help fund treatment options for sufferers and advice and help for friends and family of those affected.
As a sufferer myself, I'm still off work on reduced pay (so unable to fund things myself) so any funds pledged will be incredibly appreciated, and go some way to helping others in need.
Thank you so much in advance and if you fancy, please like the Facebook page :)