Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, a Harvard report called physician burnout “a public health crisis that urgently demands action” with several surveys putting the rate of provider burnout as high as 70 percent. The American Academy of Family Physicians linked burnout to higher rates of medical errors, substance abuse and addiction, and suicide among physicians. Today, the situation is dire, and demands well-documented, innovative approaches to address this crisis. “Heal the Healers Now” is a national initiative to bring the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation technique to healthcare workers in hospitals who are battling the coronavirus pandemic.
Tragically, approximately 21 vets take their own lives every day. This national horror is compounded by the fact that such acts cause lifelong harm to family members and co-workers—and directly challenge the military’s ethos that “No one is left behind.” Clearly these patriots who choose to release their pain through suicide rather than confront it have been “left behind.” 21 TO NONE® is addressing the terrible epidemic of high suicide rates among veterans by delivering Transcendental Meditation to those in need through VA healthcare systems, military bases and military universities, and veteran service organizations.
Early-age trauma scars the brain and fuels poor academic performance, sickness, substance use disorder, and violent behavior. At the basis of any community-wide initiative to interrupt violence and build strong neighborhoods must be an effective program for healing the traumatized brain, particularly among the young. The David Lynch Foundation’s Healthy Family/Healthy Community national initiative partners with local government and civic organizations to bring TM at no cost to under-resourced adults and children to reduce stress, improve cognitive and brain functioning, and prevent crime and violence.