Progress/Success Report: Aplril 25, 2013
Goal: Improve Options for Mental Health
The US health care system is in crisis and mental disturbances are epidemic. Almost 1 in 4 people are now taking 1 or more psychiatric medications. In 2008 the US Government Accountability Office reported that one in every fifteen young adults 18-26 years old is now “seriously mentally ill.” Since the time psych. drugs were introduced we have more disability from mental disturbance –not less… and more mass shootings (61 since 1982) done by those on psych. meds or withdrawing from them.
Why? Used long-term, psychiatric drugs debilitate our ability to think clearly and feel our emotions, cause imbalances in the brain, and deterioration of the body’s systems. Research shows long term usage leads to a life span shortened by 20-25 years. As a result of the well-funded, strategic promotional campaigns of the big pharmaceutical companies, few people know how debilitating the psychiatric drugs are.
Emma Bragdon is currently creating online and residential programs given by experts in the field of integrative psychiatry and psychology to inform consumers about other effective options that promote well-being without having to endure the devastating side-effects from psych meds. Special training will also be available for health providers. Neither Emma nor her organization are aligned with any lobbies or special interests; their loyalty is to evidence-based research.
Many options will be presented including orthomolecular psychiatry and spiritual practices such as mindfulness, disciplines that open one to intuition and the higher self to regain a life of purpose and meaning, and various forms of energy medicine. www.IMHU.org has more information. She is currently fundraising to implement this plan. You can participate in this worthy project and follow her on Twitter @IMHU_info or through Facebook, www.facebook.com/IMHU2
How Marion Institute Supported Emma Bragdon:
From 2001-2012 Emma Bragdon was able to do in depth field research in Brazil’s Spiritist community centers and psychiatric hospitals. She reported on this study through several compelling books and documentary films that she was able to produce with the support of individuals in the Marion Institute community as well as Foundations and philanthropists. The Spiritist Centers she visited provide positive models of building community and improving mental health that have no parallel in this country. The Spiritist model is also less expensive and adds therapies that improve wellbeing and longevity via spiritually based treatments making it truly integrative (bio-psycho-social and spiritual). Studying this model was her bridge to the project she has currently undertaken.
"The Marion Institute has been of great practical and philosophical support to everything I am doing. Its commitment to exploring new understandings of reality and of healing continues to invigorate my work. Being a designated Serendipity Project helped me raise money at crucial times in the development of all of my projects, including the establishment of the Foundation for Energy Therapies, a not for profit 501c3." — Emma Bragdon, PhD.
Recent Books and Film
“Spiritism and Mental Health” is a heartfelt paradigm-expanding glimpse into the future of mental health care. This book’s incredibly rich assortment of articles may seem off-puttingly esoteric at first glance, but the 26 chapters provide a comprehensive and down-to-earth overview of one of humanity’s most ancient healing practices—working with spirits—and how this spiritual perspective may help guide psychiatry out of its current psychopharmacological dead end.”
–Eric Leskowitz, MD, faculty member, Dept of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
As of March, 2013 now in softcover, hardcover and ebook formats.
“Bragdon offers compelling case histories of the effectiveness of “Spiritism.” The stories demonstrate the possibility that many mental disturbances lie in our spirit and in our spirit’s history over various lifetimes. I was enthralled with the beauty, compassion, power, and wisdom that shone through every page of the book. I especially appreciate Bragdon’s holistic approach. She explains not only Spiritism but also how multiple other therapies can – and must at times - play an important role in helping people with mental illness.”
–Dr. Bill Manahan, Past President, American Holistic Medical Association.
Available in softcover and as an ebook through Amazon.com.
This 30 minute documentary colorfully tells the story of Spiritist Centers and Hospitals in Brazil that have successfully combined spiritual healing and conventional bio-medical care. Subtitles in Portuguese, French and Spanish. To purchase online, click here, or go to Amazon video on demand and watch now for a 2 USD charge.
“Dr. Bragdon is uniquely positioned to provide the authentic voice to this important and emerging tradition which offers the possibility of a revolution in the treatment of mental illness.”
–Marc Micozzi, MD, PhD. former Director, Policy Institute for Integrative Medicine
Contact for Emma Bragdon, PhD
Director of the Foundation for Energy Therapies, Inc. a 501(c)(3) organization, and the Integrative Mental Health University which is a division of the Foundation.
Energy Medicine Project Leader