Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often associated with military men and women who have suffered in service. It is an anxiety condition that is caused by living through a stressful situation, such as a mugging, being held hostage or a serious road accident.
In order to raise awareness for the issue, which many people are not aware of or underestimate the severity of the condition, the co-founders of Positive Action for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, will be carrying a book full of stories of PTSD sufferers from Leeds to 10 Downing Street, stopping off in six different cities.
Simon Buckden and Louisa Rodriguez are setting out on 19 March on their 200 mile journey.
Mr. Buckden, who suffers from PTSD himself, described the disorder as an “invisible condition”, indicating the way in which a lot of people don’t understand the condition as it has no easily noticeable symptoms to outside observers to identify.
The pair will be met by the Parliamentary Group for Mental Health at Downing Street, and the book will be presented to David Cameron for him to read.
“I am very thankful to be given the opportunity to represent my fellow survivors by taking this amazing Book of PTSD stories to Downing Street”, Mr. Buckden added.