EDUCATION AND PREVENTION
According to the World Health Organization, four out of the five leading causes of disability days in the world are psychiatric in nature, including alcoholism, substance abuse, schizophrenia, and depression, and the fifth cause is AIDS. AIDS receives more financial support than all the other four causes combined! Clearly, the public has to be educated as to the epidemic level mental illness has reached. Mental illness must be given the attention it deserves since the numbers who suffer from mental illnesses has increased exponentially. GSI will advocate for mental health disorders using research, advocacy and educational outreach through press, special events and film documentaries.
Research will be implemented using alternative modalities of treatment, e.g. the cranial stimulator (www.fisherwallace.com), etc. GSI will raise awareness of non-drug treatment devices being utilized for alternative treatment interventions. GSI has been collaborating with the Fisher Wallace group for almost two years now and treatment results with this device have been very impressive. Psychopharmacologic treatment would be employed if necessary.
INTERVENTION AND RECOVERY
The pharmaceutical industry has focused exclusively on the development of medications for the short term relief of anxiety while not dealing with the underlying imbalance. We wish to help develop and test life style changes which can bring the person back to a better balance, utilizing a variety of techniques, breathing, meditation, self-hypnosis, biofeedback, and other holistic medical methods for relaxation. Studies have been implemented showing the profoundly positive effect meditation has on the brain. GSI will not only participate in further research related to the effectiveness of meditation but inform the public of its results.
3 time Emmy Award winning anchor, Rita Cosby, is the spokesperson for the GSI. Rita Cosby wrote “Quiet Hero: Secrets from my Father’s Past” which is the product of her heroic effort to unearth her father’s traumatic experiences as a resistance fighter in his home country of Poland during World War II. Rita “gets” the most important interview of her career when her father reveals his acts of heroism and experiences of great trauma. Ryszard Kossobudski, aka Richard Cosby, was only 18 during the Warsaw uprising and endured unimaginable horrors. After being a prisoner of war, he was finally rescued by Allied forces weighing only 90 lbs at 6 feet tall! He feels that the world owes America a debt of gratitude. The world would simply be a completely different place if it hadn’t been for America’s efforts to fight the forces of evil during World War II. This book instills a sense of pride for all warriors as well as the American credo of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. A short documentary not only about “Quiet Hero” but stress disorders, including PTSD, and the signs for those who are at risk, for example, returning veterans, children and spouses from families of abuse, the elderly, those who experienced traumatic events out of their control, e.g. 9/11 and other terrorist acts around the world, natural disasters, war, etc. The number of people who have been impacted in recent years, is dramatic. Robert Cancro, MD, Chairman Emeritus of NYU Langone’s Department of Psychiatry, will be at the helm of writing and narrating this documentary.
LONG TERM ADVOCACY
Plans are underway to produce a series on the history of mental illness, its treatment and the great impact these disorders have had on humanity. Psychiatry, within the medical world, has existed for a relatively short time. Prior to the 20th century, many people believed that the mentally ill were possessed by evil spirits and those who couldn’t function in society would be chained to the walls of Bedlam and other asylums to stop them from doing harm to themselves or others. Gratefully, we have come a long way since those primitive methods were employed!! With brain imaging, psychiatric disorders can be shown physiologically. Psychiatry is fast becoming a more definable science through the great technology revolution which includes PET, SPECT, MRI, EEG, and MEG. Being able to image someone’s disorder physiologically makes a marked difference not only with insurance compensation but also for the patient whose disorder becomes more tangible due to imaging and no longer feel that their condition is “in their mind”. This was a great leap forward for this science.