African PTSD relief
Reducing the horror caused by the violence of war
In the past 20 years, 18 African nations have been ravaged by war. Tens of millions of Africans have been victims of violence or witnessed horrific acts of terror—and now suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
PTSD can be disabling for a person, and its influence ripples out to affect the lives of friends and families, co-workers, communities and the nation as a whole. In many ways, this disorder keeps affected African communities under the shadow of war, long after the violent conflict has passed.
Our approach: rapid and significant reductions in PTSD
Victims of violence and war often suffer unimaginable trauma for years, unable to find a remedy for their anguish.
These experiences leave an indelible impression in the brain and lead to persistent flashbacks, inability to relate to others, constant fear, hyperalertness and frequent outbursts of anger. Those suffering from PTSD need a procedure that reverses this neurophysiological condition.
A rigorous peer reviewed study in the Journal of Traumatic Stress (April 2013, 26, 295–298) demonstrated that within 30 days of learning the Transcendental Meditation technique 90% of refugees with high levels of PTSD symptoms dropped to non-symptomatic levels. The control group showed no reduction in symptoms.
Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a simple, natural, effortless technique, easily learned by anyone—regardless of age, educational background, or walk of life. TM produces a unique and profound state of rest and relaxation, which eliminates stress and restores healthy, coherent brain functioning. The technique does not involve any religion, philosophy, or change in lifestyle.
Over 340 published research studies and $26 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health document the efficacy of TM for reducing stress-related disorders and promoting mental and physical health.
Through making TM available to refugees, African PTSD Relief can help survivors of war overcome the effects of traumatic stress and reestablish a positive state of physical, emotional and social well-being.
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Over the next year, the PTSD Relief Project plans to provide the TM technique to 5,000–10,000 refugees suffering from PTSD and rapidly scale up over the subsequent years.
The Project will work with top humanitarian organizations and NGOs to empower the victims of decades of war in Africa. When people can overcome traumatic stress and overwhelming suffering in their lives, they experience a rapid rise in health, happiness and success.