22 in 22 for PTSD UK
Are you ready to take on a 22 in ’22? Decide your fate and set yourself a challenge linked to the number 22. From walking 22 miles a week to reading 22 books this year, whatever your fundraiser is will help make a difference to those who need our support most.
PTSD UK is currently the only charity in the UK dedicated to raising awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder – no matter the trauma that caused it – and now you can support us with the 22 in ’22 Challenge!
Simply decide what 22 things you’ll do throughout 2022, setup a fundraising page on JustGiving or Total Money Giving, and away you go!
- Run 22 miles every month
- Read 22 books over the course of the year
- Write 22 poems for your loved ones
- Create 22 artwork masterpieces
- Do 22 push ups everyday for the whole year
- Share 22 of our social media posts to help raise awareness of PTSD
- Simply donate £22 each month to help our support our mission
- Plant 22 trees across the UK
- Host a bake sale with 22 different cakes and biscuit varieties
- Run 22 ParkRuns over the year
Whatever challenge you want to take on, we’d love to hear about it!
Your fundraising lets us continue our work that is truly life-changing for people affected by PTSD such as:
- Raising Awareness and being a voice for people with PTSD We produce and distribute supportive, reliable, high-quality and easy to understand resources, tools and information which are all backed by science and research. These help everyone (including Government, Medical professionals and the general public) understand the causes, symptoms and treatments available for PTSD with the hope that people will be more understanding and informed, and know more about the daily reality of living with PTSD. We also work with the media (reviewing and informing scripts etc) to ensure accurate, non-stereotypical and informed portrayal of PTSD in films, radio and television and have already collaborated with script writers from a variety of different productions including ITV’s Emmerdale, a number of BBC dramas and documentaries, and a new Warner Bros International film.
- Provide resources to help empower those who need hope We support and hope to empower people affected by PTSD (along with their friends, family and carers) by providing knowledge, lived-experiences and resources to help them reach out for help, take control of their diagnosis, access the support and care they are entitled to, make informed choices, all to lead towards successful, sustained treatment and recovery for them or their loved one. Tomorrow CAN be a new day.
- Listening Whether someone simply needs to offload their thoughts, direction on how to get help, or just know that they are not alone, we are here to provide resources and a warm welcome (even over email!) with compassion, experience, and hope that Tomorrow can be a new day.
- Improving Services and support We have experienced, and recognise the gaps in the current service provisions for people with PTSD in the UK, so we work with, and campaign to, the Government, organisations, policies and guidelines relating to the care and awareness of those with PTSD, ensuring that we’re all driving towards the same goal – that PTSD is recognised, diagnosed and effectively treated as quickly as possible for everyone.
- Research We promote, undertake and collate research that can answer vital questions about PTSD and how people affected can be supported, and how treatments and care can be evaluated, improved and be made more accessible.
- Sharing the knowledge Our resources are used by a variety of health professionals, organisations and other charities – we want the knowledge about PTSD to be as far reaching as possible so we always offer interviews and case studies to media outlets, research papers and projects where possible. Our information and resources are referenced by a variety of organisations and publications including The Economist, BBC, ITV, The Independent, Women’s Health, CNN, Huffington Post, The Metro, The Week and The Big Issue.
- Reaching Out We don’t expect people just to find us – sometimes, we need to go to them. We reach out and establish links with high-risk communities across the UK such as the Emergency Services, Rape Crisis Centres, and Victim Support Services along with other charities which support people who are at risk of PTSD such as parents of children with disabilities.
Thank you for all your support – and do let us know what challenge you choose to take on! We’ll be behind you every step of the way!
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