A charity dedicated to helping people affected by post traumatic stress disorder has been launched by a former Rutland woman.
Louisa Rodriguez set up Positive Action for PTSD with her fiancé Simon Buckden who has suffered from the condition as a result of childhood abuse and military service.
She also has experience of working with the families of those affected by the condition.
Louisa, who grew up in Oakham and attended Oakham School, said: “The stories we hear from people living with PTSD are heart-breaking and inspiring. It just motivates us more to keep growing the organisation and raising awareness of PTSD.
“A lot of people associate it with the military, but that is only a small proportion of people with the condition. We speak to people who have PTSD from surviving child abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, road accidents and traumatic child birth to just name a few.”
The charity is the first UK organisation to work with people affected by all types of the condition.
It aims to raise awareness of PTSD and provide a support group for those affected.
Louisa said: “It is more than just a Facebook page; it is an online community where people can support each other. I think the rapid growth and huge response we have had just highlights how much an organisation like this is needed.”
The charity’s website address is www.positiveactionforptsd.org