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    Weʼve raised £9,185 to relieve the symptoms of combat related PTSD in Veterans and serving members of the UK armed forces through scuba diving experiences.

    Funded on Monday, 26th September 2022

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    Many of our Veterans and serving soldiers are suffering in silence from PTSD due to the stigma and controversy surrounding mental health issues. Bluntly, men and women have died, are dying and will continue to die if we don’t reach out to help them. We can start making a change now. I’m asking you, for their sake, please help.

    There is scientific research, carried out by ‘The Johns Hopkins University’ in the US, showing that scuba diving in WARM, CLEAR WATERS can elevate the body’s serotonin levels, which has been shown to relieve PTSD symptoms. Please read link - Scuba Diving Improves Function of Body, Mind in Vets

    Invisible wounds of combat-related PTSD don’t just affect soldiers or veterans but also those around them. It has a ripple effect - It’s not just the wife not just the mum and the dad, there’s children, there’s brothers, there’s sisters, there’s family and there’s friends. They are fighting with all their might to keep these men and women alive. They want the men and women back they once had before PTSD took its hold.

    I am the wife of a veteran that suffered from PTSD symptoms for over a decade, who watched her husband get let down time and time again from the support offered by the military. The wife who hid her husband’s symptoms from our family and friends until it got to a point where there was no denying that he needed a different method of help, if he was to win this battle. Thankfully we found a post on a Veteran’s social media page which changed our lives for the better.

    In 2019, after just seven days of scuba diving one to one I now have my old husband back. I believe this is down to several factors with the diving and serotonin levels being the primary benefit, but also the bespoke conditions and the military banter from someone who understands what it is to have served, this allows them to open up and talk, which for many people with PTSD, isn’t that easy.

    So far you have helped us raise enough funds to send 3 further veterans scuba diving. With each stating these therapeutic scuba diving sessions have positively changed their lives.

    Those who serve our country make many sacrifices while defending us, and they deserve our respect, but respect alone is not enough, and warm words alone are not enough. Let’s do more; let’s get them the help they need!

    From the bottom of my heart……..THANK YOU!

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    • margaret mathieson2 years ago
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      margaret mathieson

      2 years ago

      After nearly 3yrs waiting we are now a Registered Charity - NIC108392

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    • margaret mathieson3 years ago
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      margaret mathieson

      3 years ago

      On Friday 24th October, Major (Retd) Scott Ashley, RM is preparing to complete a 24hr 'Spinathon' in aid of PTSD - Progress Through Scuba Diving. Please show your support by donating and sharing our page!

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    • margaret mathieson4 years ago
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      margaret mathieson

      4 years ago
      Update from the Page owner

      We’re almost at the mark where we can send another diver out. This could mean so much to a family......please give anything you can, honestly every pound helps! Xx

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    Page last updated on: 8/26/2022 15.29

    Supporters

    164

    • Sophy Aykroyd

      Sophy Aykroyd

      Aug 26, 2022

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 23, 2022

    • Gordon Wilde

      Gordon Wilde

      Aug 22, 2022

      This is such a worthwhile charity and our sufferings military veterans who put their lives on the line for us deserve everyone's support.

      £200.00

    • Eck Burnett

      Eck Burnett

      Aug 21, 2022

      Kev James...a long time? Good luck with your project..Bear Burnett

      £20.00

    • DT

      DT

      Aug 19, 2022

      £40.00

    • Scottie McLeod

      Scottie McLeod

      Jul 21, 2022

      Outstanding efforts, great results. Thank you Magi, Jim & James for setting this up. 🫡

    • Iain Hindshaw

      Iain Hindshaw

      Jul 20, 2022

      Great work, hope the research can continue

      £100.00

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    PTSD is a registered Charity NIC108392. All funds raised are used to provide flights and accommodations with diving instruction and equipment provided free of charge by our trustee Kevin James (MSDT).

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