Although about 5% of the worlds population suffer from nightmares (a disturbing dream that wakes you up), for those who have experienced psychological trauma, this can be as high as 90%. This includes military and ex-military, emergency services, prison officers, abuse victims, assault victims, accident victims, refugees, those caught up in natural disasters.....the list is endless. Although nightmares can go away on their own, they can also last for years and years, leaving people exhausted, bed partner's battered, and have a major impact on physical and mental health. Stress during the day also makes nightmares more severe, creating a downwards spiral of despair that can make PTSD harder to deal with. The only current solution is therapy, and this depends on finding a therapist who can deal with nightmares, and there aren't many of them!
After discovering the 'Planned Dream Intervention' approach to stopping nightmares from a US military Psychologist, I have spent 4 years developing and evaluating its effectiveness as part of a self-funded PhD at the Anglia Ruskin University, which was approved by the Help for Heroes Research Committee. This involved teaching the approach to UK veterans suffering from PTSD and nightmares, and from a combined group of 62 veterans, half of them got better by over 50% , which means less nightmares, more sleep and the most significant part, fewer PTSD symptoms. This means that their PTSD got 50% better after attending a single 2 hour group session and putting the ideas into practice, and 1/3 no longer met the criteria for PTSD afterwards as well! Force TV also ran a news clip last year which has further testominials in it http://www.forces.net/news/tri-service/new-treatment-hoping-end-ptsd-nightmares.
This approach can be taught in groups or face to face in 1:1 therapy which I am now doing with great success, and involves the NHS, veteran charities and many other organisations.
HOWEVER, the aim of this crowdfunding is to make this available to all at no cost from the comfort of their own home, and although I have a teaching video on youtube https://youtu.be/u_XKTtJfKNc which lasts over 1hr, whiteboard animations are the answer to teach this method quickly and efficiently. Using cartoons with voiceover will enable this process to be reduced to less than 10 minutes.
Wrap this around an easy to use website with video case studies, testimonials and a user forum, and this really could change the lives of thousands of people in the UK and abroad. I plan to always make this available at no cost and believe the impact could be enormous. Even changing one person's life has got to be worth it - have a look at the BBC news clip to hear from 'Peter' if you haven't already. And there are thousands more that can be helped - you can be a part of making it happen!
I do not want to apply for grants which generate bureaucracy and constrain outcomes. I am working with web design and animation companies in Gloucestershire, and £10k will get the project started and create the first animation video, though £25k is required in total to complete the project.
Anyone that donates will be included on the 'Hall of Fame' web page if they wish. Thank you for your time, and if you have any ideas to improve my crowdfunding efforts, or would like to help 'road test' the animations and website, please contact me at email@example.com.