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Justin Havens

Justin Havens is crowdfunding

£2,714raised of £5,000 target by 84 supporters

Weʼre raising £5,000 to fund a video to teach people how to stop their PTSD nightmares in 1 day.

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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.

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  • Justin Havens18 days ago
    Justin Havens

    Justin Havens

    18 days ago

    Last chance to support this project - the animator is now working on the graphics and it is all looking exciting. The crowdfund has raised £2690, which is under my £5k target which was 50% of the total cost. Please do share this with others, and you can use this link - regards justin

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  • Justin Havens1 month ago
    Justin Havens

    Justin Havens

    1 month ago

    British Forces Radio interviewed me yesterday to hear about this project - this is the link to listen (3 mins long) Please do share and support! regards justin

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  • Justin Havens2 months ago
    Justin Havens

    Justin Havens

    2 months ago

    Not sure if any of you are getting this? If you are familiar with the material, have a listen to the very latest script - and see whether you prefer the 1st minute to the one posted in the last update. All you have to do is cut and paste the link into your browser.... Either comment here, or email me at thanks!

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Page last updated on: 9/15/2019 09.19



  • 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

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  • Rob Shepherd

    Rob Shepherd

    Aug 19, 2019

    Great work Justin!


  • Anonymous


    Aug 18, 2019

    Any technique that helps to reduce the symptoms of trauma is useful & one that is freely available is especially welcome. Improving sleep quality is a high priority in improving quality of life.


  • adline warwck thompson

    adline warwck thompson

    Aug 8, 2019

    Dilys Stinson brought my attention to the great work you do.Good luck with the project


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Justin Havens


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

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