A MAN who suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after having a heart attack four years ago is kicking off a scheme aimed at helping fellow sufferers or those experiencing other health issues.
Richard Green from Skelmersdale believes taking up walking football can help PTSD sufferers to overcome the isolation which many experience following the condition.
The 41-year-old is inviting anyone over the age of 18 to join in the first sessions to be held on Thursday (September 7th 2017 at the Youth Zone in the town centre. Games will be played at walking pace and both men and women are welcome.
Richard, who has worked in the mental health field for 15 years, said: “I was diagnosed with PTSD two years ago and have seen what it can do.
“The heart attack I suffered four years ago was a big shock to the system and was what caused the PTSD. Now I want to help people who may be in a similar condition and stop them feeling isolated.
“Counselling can help people sometimes, but often it does not work. Anti-depressants can also be hit and miss – they may work for some people and not others.
“But I believe sometimes something different can work and if people mix with others who have experienced similar conditions, they can understand that they are not on their own.”
Following the initial games Richard is hoping to organise them every week. He added: “West Lancs Community Restart team have supported me and helped me get the venue and the activity is also on the Active West Lancs website as well.
“I have worked hard on this and hopefully it will be fun for an hour and there will be no charge. The size of the games will obviously depend on how many people turn up.”
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