On Thursday, February 28th, GIFT in partnership with Michel Pascal launched the first of its kind free of cost Mental Health App called Mind Dive at the Vortex Dome in Los Angeles. At a click of a button, millions can access the best neuroscience techniques, meditation, music therapy, inspirational documentaries and stories, thereby making mental health free for all and easy to access. Learn more about our Mental Health Initiative below.
The goal of our comprehensive music therapy program is to make mental health therapy readily available free of cost to children from low income families directly affected by medical conditions, mental health deterioration due to abuse and addiction. In partnership with Michel Pascal, co-author of a literary gem with his Holiness the Dalai Lama GIFT aims to bring FREE of COST mental health services to children from low income families, children with life altering medical conditions such as AIDS, Cancer and Autism, and children who are Victims of severe abuse and addiction. GIFT’s music therapy program is a free of cost initiative that combines Music and Neuroscience Techniques for Meditation where the person who is meditating effortlessly focuses on his or her breathing or on a meditation sound, but beyond that the mind can wander as it pleases. The children also use music to express themselves and thereby build a positive self-esteem.
Through this Initiative we hope to multiply our efforts of providing free holistic healing for families who need it the most and cannot afford it. The free music therapy program is designed to create a strength-based healing experience for the children who live in environments ravaged by unstable families, crime, drugs and exploitation while at the same time teaching them the art of music. Research shows the benefits of music therapy for various mental health conditions, including depression, trauma as well as for physical health conditions such as Cancer and AIDS. Music acts as a medium for processing emotions, trauma, and grief and can also be utilized as a regulating or calming agent.
There is a wide gap between how we treat mental health conditions as compared to physical ailments globally. The stigma associated with speaking openly about mental health conditions leads to these children feeling isolated in a society that increasing attacks, humiliates and silences instead of giving them a voice. The treatment options available are not affordable, let alone effective. Accessing experts in the field of mental health therapy is too costly for an average person even with health coverage. In many other countries, those experts simply do not exist. In some cultures, families try to look for quick fixes by ignoring the emotional impact of involuntary holds in hospitals.
Music is a universal human trait. Music alters psychophysiological parameters such as pain perception, relaxation, blood pressure, and respiration and heart rate. Music is an apt intervention to address multiple domains, such as cognitive, emotional, social domains of functioning, which are adversely affected in psychiatric conditions. Music is a biological phenomenon and not just a sociocultural phenomenon. This has led to a shift from social science and interpretive models to neuroscience-based music therapy, targeting multiple domains of functioning
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