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Healing traumatic stress in at-risk children and adults: David Lynch Foundation programmes

David Lynch Foundation - USA    Translate This Article
25 December 2010

At-risk populations suffer from epidemic levels of chronic stress and stress-related disorders—fueling violence, crime, and soaring health costs, and compromising the effectiveness of existing education, health, rehabilitation, and vocational programs.

The David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace was established in 2005 to fund the implementation of scientifically proven, stress-reducing approaches, including Transcendental Meditation, for at-risk populations such as:
∙ underserved inner-city students
∙ veterans with PTSD and their families
∙ American Indians suffering from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and high suicide rates
∙ homeless men participating in reentry programs striving to overcome addictions
∙ incarcerated juveniles and adults.

The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization in the US, also funds university and medical school research to assess the effects of the program on
∙ academic performance
ADHD and other learning disorders
∙ anxiety, depression, substance abuse
∙ cardiovascular disease
∙ post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and
∙ diabetes.

The effectiveness of the Foundation's programs has been researched at leading medical schools, including Harvard Medical School, Stanford Medical School, and Yale Medical School; and they have received the endorsement of and support from private foundations and government agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, General Motors Foundation, the Chrysler Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, the American Indian Education Association, Indian Health Services, many school districts, and state departments of corrections.

David Lynch, founder and chairman of the Board of Trustees, is an award-winning director, writer, and producer. His work includes Eraserhead, Elephant Man, Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive, and INLAND EMPIRE.

The Foundation's distinguished Board of Directors and Board of Advisors comprise scientists and public policy experts, business leaders and philanthropists, as well as leading educators and heads of schools where Consciousness-Based education has been successfully implemented. They also include physicians and other experts with extensive experience in the beneficial effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on health—through both clinical practice and research in cardiology, addiction medicine, psychology, neuropsychology, and cognitive learning, attentional, and emotional disorders.

The David Lynch Foundation's programs in education include the Quiet Time program with the Transcendental Meditation technique—a practical, highly effective approach that helps students reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and improve academic performance, graduation rates, and coping ability—among many other positive outcomes documented by extensive scientific research. The program has been incorporated in hundreds of schools around the world.

Future Global Good News articles will feature more about the work of the David Lynch Foundation with schools, the military, homeless shelters, American Indians, and prisons, as well as global outreach programs to help at-risk children in violence-ridden regions of the world.

© Copyright 2010 David Lynch Foundation

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