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My name is Megan Rizzo and I am in the process of forming a 501c3, non-profit charity/organization based in Connecticut, for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. My goal is to raise awareness, eradicate stigma, and provide valuable resources for PTSD Survivors.

My name is Megan Rizzo and I am in the process of forming a 501c3, non-profit charity/organization based in Connecticut, for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. My goal is to raise awareness, eradicate stigma, provide valuable resources and tools, and reduce the heavy burden of finding help for veterans and non veterans who suffer from this debiliatating disorder. I ultimately want to create a safe zone for those who suffer, a place where one feels welcome and a place that has all possible resources at their fingertips. I also want to create a common place, both virtually and in person, where people with PTSD may come together and heal through sharing their experiences and stories, in order to create a positive and supportive environment, something that is crucial to living a well adjusted life.

PTSD does not discriminate. Although it is most commonly inflicted through combat, it is also acquired through violence, sexual assault, abuse, accidents, natural disasters, death, and any other traumatic experience under the sun. The causes may be different, but the symptoms of this disorder unite millions of people, in an overwhelming,anxious and lonely world. There is some assistance offered for veterans through VA hospitals and organizations, but even less for those who suffer from non-combat PTSD.

PTSD causes deep suffering and psychological pain and anxiety, which in turn affects sleep and physical function, which eventually causes problems in regular daily life. Being constantly aroused with hyper vigilance and overwhelming anxiety, people begin to break down. Some become unable to work, some unable to function at daily tasks, and some even take their own lives because the pain is so great.

I have spent many years living with PTSD, personally. Years ago, I was a victim of a brutal crime. I have watched the aftermath of my PTSD destroy my career, my social life, and my sense of self. Today, I am a survivor, and I have chosen to dedicate my painful experiences and undying hope for a better life, to help the lives of others, who struggle with this life changing monster. I am hoping I will find my own recovery in helping others.

I urge you to look into your hearts, and help me create PTSD- Healing In Motion, in order to reach out and help the millions suffering, those who need assistance, those ashamed to be labeled with a "mental" health issue and refuse to help themselves, and those who are at risk of losing everything they have worked so hard to achieve in their lives.

As we know, there is not yet a cure for PTSD, but what we do as people as a whole, to change the quality of life for those who have suffered is a step forward for humanity and love. Everyone deserves to live in a world where they feel safe and worthwhile. Please help me make this come true!

*Attached to this announcement, is a short video clip that someone created of their own views on PTSD. I believe this is a good general capture of a day in the life of someone with PTSD. I do not take credit for creating this, and I do not know who did, but please take a look.

For more information on PTSD, please visit http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Posttraumatic_Stress_Disorder *

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