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BOO! When was the last time you jumped out of your skin?

A crashing plate? Bumping into someone?  Did a car horn catch you off guard or did someone just take you by surprise? We’ve all experienced it at some point, along with the adrenaline rush and increased heart-rate that goes with it.

But the reality is that while the majority of us will get over something like this within moments, some shocks are much harder to get over.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a complicated stress-related anxiety condition which is caused by past experiences of events that are particularly distressing, frightening or stressful.

First documented after the Battle of Thermopylae in 480BC, the condition has had many names over the years – most famously as “shell shock” in the First World War and since then, cases of PTSD have been on the rise, recently being described as an epidemic.

Talking2Minds is a charity dedicated to helping those with PTSD and other severe stress-related conditions and, despite already helping more than 700 people overcome the condition, it still has over 600 sufferers on the waiting list, desperate for help.

And so, to help them to get the help they need, we’ve launched our #JumpOutChallenge.

Based around the idea of a “shock”, we’re calling on our supporters and members of the public to get involved on social media by videoing themselves giving a friend, family member, or colleague a quick shock by “jumping-out” at them, before pledging a donation and tagging a friend to do the same.

Whether it’s from behind a door, out of a box, or crouched next to a bush, we want you to join in the campaign by videoing yourself jumping out and giving someone a surprise before sharing it online and making a small donation to the cause.

PTSD is a hidden illness that most often surfaces years after the traumatic event that caused it and can destroy the lives of those suffering from it. Our aim is to increase awareness of this condition, and to raise £1million to fund the treatment of those that are currently having to battle the condition on their own.

Take part in the #JumpOut challenge on Twitter and Facebook 

To give a donation to Talking2Minds and the #JumpOut challenge


PTSD – Find Out More

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The facts

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a physical and psychological condition caused by exposure to extremely frightening or distressing events and can affect anyone. It is a normal, human reaction to an abnormal and traumatic experience. It is commonly associated with those who have served within the armed forces, particularly in a combat role but it can just as easily affect “blue light” services such as police, firefighters and ambulance crews and civilians exposed to traumas such as abuse, cataclysmic events or being involved in or witnessing severe accidents.

The symptoms of PTSD usually start soon after the traumatic event, but sometimes it can be many months or even years before symptoms develop and sufferers can endure years of mental distress never even realising that they have the condition. Sadly, many turn to self-medication with drugs or alchol and others feel unable to continue and end their lives.

It is over 30 years since the Falklands conflict, a conflict in which 255 British service personnel died. It is well known that over 300 service personnel have now taken their own lives since the conflict ended, many displaying symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Talking2Minds are committed as a charity to helping anyone experiencing the symptoms of PTSD, irrespective of when or how they developed them.

Bob Paxman former 22 SAS and the dedicated team were awarded the Mental Health Hero awards by the Deputy Prime Minister Rt Hon Mr Clegg MP in February 2015.

An increasing problem

Today there is overwhelming evidence that UK troops fighting in the various areas of conflict all over the world are suffering from PTSD at ever-increasing levels. The number of individuals being diagnosed with PTSD and associated symptoms has increased by 53% in the last few years.

Levels of PTSD in the wider population have been less well documented but PTSD does not differentiate between military or civilian. Anyone encountering a severe trauma can be affected.

We understand PTSD because…

Many of our Personal Development Coaches are former sufferers, including our founder, Rob Paxman (ex-22 SAS).

Having experienced the damaging effects of PTSD himself, he decided to set up the charity to help other who like him had been told that that the symptoms would be there “for life” and he had to learn to live with it.

“I refused to accept that I would experience the symptoms of PTSD for the rest of my life and having worked hard to come up with a therapy that really worked for me I am passionate about helping others find their way through PTSD too.”

Signs and symptoms

  • Flashbacks, nightmares or night-time terrors
  • Feelings of depression
  • Isolation, loneliness and confusion
  • Insomnia and irritability
  • Hyper-alertness and hyper vigilance
  • Inappropriate anger
  • Excessive drink or drug use
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Self harm or harming others
  • Severe mood swings and aggression
  • Having loved ones commenting that you are somehow behaving differently from before i.e. “out of character”


Typically PTSD can be triggered by traumatic events such as:

  • Military combat situations
  • Sexual or physical abuse
  • Extreme physical assault
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Serious accidents – such as car crashes
  • Disasters, such as fires, floods, or earthquakes etc
  • Any event which an individual experiences as traumatic such as a bereavement of a loved one

After the event, it is normal to feel confused, angry or scared however, if these feelings don’t go away or they get worse, you may be suffering from PTSD.

Not everyone witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event will develop PTSD. Individuals differ. How likely you are to develop PTSD depends on many factors such as how close you were to the event, how much personal control you had over the circumstances, how strong your reaction was, how intense was the trauma, how long it lasted, and whether you were injured or lost someone close to you.

Please contact us if you or a loved one are experiencing the symptoms of PTSD. to find out more information of what we do. to find out how you can book onto a Paradigm Change Programme™

You can call 07917126708 and speak to the Talking 2 Minds course coordinator directly.  to find out more information of what we do and how you can book onto a training program.