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Closed 02/10/2019

raised of £5,000 target by 88 supporters

    Weʼve raised £2,959 to fund a video to teach people how to stop their PTSD nightmares in 1 day.

    Funded on Wednesday, 2nd October 2019

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    The Problem

    Although around 5% of the world's population suffer from nightmares (i.e. a bad dream that wakes you up), this can be as high as 90% for those who have experienced psychological trauma, and usually involves other distressing symptoms such as shouting, screaming and fighting in your sleep. Nightmares are therefore prevalent with: military and veterans; the emergency services; prison officers; abuse and assault victims; refugees, and those involved in accidents and natural disasters. That's about 500 million people worldwide!

    Although nightmares can clear up their own, they can also last for many years, leaving victims exhausted, bed partners battered, and have a major impact on physical and mental health. Stress also makes nightmares worse, creating a downwards spiral of despair that makes PTSD harder to deal with and can sadly lead to suicide in some cases.

    Most people struggle on, and if they do find a therapist, many will not be able to resolve nightmares. This is what the wife of a UK veteran with PTSD reported: “Many nights have been disturbed by violent nightmares and sudden outbursts. I have woken up to find his arms around my neck and have been lucky enough to bring him out of what I can only describe as a hypnotic trance. I have been kicked out of bed, stopped punches and witnessed his horror on waking up to find me dishevelled and shocked.”

    This is the reality of PTSD nightmares: untreated, under-reported and a serious physical and mental health issue.

    The Solution

    I have spent 5 years evaluating the effectiveness of nightmare treatments as part of a self-funded PhD at the Anglia Ruskin University. This involved teaching an innovative approach to UK veterans suffering from PTSD nightmares at 4 Help for Heroes Recovery Centres. Of the 62 veterans who learnt the technique during a 2-hour group session, half of them improved by over 50%, resulting in fewer nightmares, more sleep and, the most significantly, reduced PTSD. Forces TV broadcast a news clip which included interviews with some of those involved.

    An article has also been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, and my PhD thesis has now been completed. This project was also awarded the 'critics prize' at the Kings College Annual Military Mental Health Conference chaired by Sir Simon Wessely in 2018. I recently gave a 5 minute 'flashtalk' to a group of trauma therapists at the European Traumatic Stress conference in Rotterdam.

    This brief self-help technique can be taught in a variety of ways, but I want to make it freely accessible to all by creating a 5-minute whiteboard animation with voiceover. The resulting MP4 file will be shared far and wide and has the capability to change many lives, sometimes after just 1 night! I have refined the teaching of this approach through many hours of development and testing, and know exactly how to make this work effectively.

    I am looking to raise £5,000 from this crowdfund - 50% of the £10,000 required to make the animation - and am pledging the other £5,000 myself - so you can be assured that I will be spending your money wisely! Everyone who contributes will receive the completed animation, which is entirely not-for-profit. For those who pledge £50 or more, the last screen of the animation will contain your names - we only need 100 such pledges to fund this project!

    If you have any questions, please contact me at .

    Thank you for your support, Justin.



    • Justin Havens4 months ago
      Justin Havens

      Justin Havens

      4 months ago

      12k views in 2 months, and we are now working on the Bosnian version. Lots of enthusiasm from a group of Bosnian therapists who see great use for the video.

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    • Justin Havens6 months ago
      Justin Havens

      Justin Havens

      6 months ago

      The video is slightly updated - please use this link!

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    • Justin Havens6 months ago
      Justin Havens

      Justin Havens

      6 months ago

      The video is live! Thank you for all your support. You can watch it using this link: Do leave comments on the video itself many thanks Justin

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    • Tayeba Jaleel

      Tayeba Jaleel

      Oct 2, 2019

      Very happy to support this valuable project. Best of luck with it all Justin


    • KK


      Oct 1, 2019

      You are doing amazing job Justin, I wish I could help more. Your teaching was so helpful and inspirational

    • Helen Merriott

      Helen Merriott

      Oct 1, 2019

      Great cause, good luck Justin. From the Merriotts x

    • Anonymous


      Sep 20, 2019

      for those affected by traumatic dreams


    • Justin Havens

      Justin Havens

      Sep 15, 2019

      Thank you Trafford Wilson


    • Katrina Lake

      Katrina Lake

      Aug 20, 2019

      Great work Justin. All the best with it.


    • David Orme

      David Orme

      Aug 20, 2019

    Great people make things happen

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    Justin Havens

    Justin Havens


    Psychological Therapist with a special interest in trauma, PTSD and nightmares.

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