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Fireside Project will present free, confidential assist by cellphone, textual content, and reside chat for psychedelic “trips”
*California State Senator Scott Wiener, MAPS founder Rick Doblin, bestselling creator Dr. Julie Holland, amongst others, to take part in free November 17 digital launch panel
Facing a world psychological well being disaster exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and with analysis advancing into psychedelics to deal with psychological well being situations, extra persons are utilizing psychedelics, many for the primary time. Over 6 million folks within the U.S. now have entry to decriminalized psychedelics, with voters in each Oregon and Washington, D.C. final week approving measures granting authorized or decriminalized entry to psychedelics, becoming a member of Oakland, Denver, Ann Arbor, and others. Psychedelics are more and more being utilized in supervised therapeutic or ceremonial settings, however many individuals are experimenting with them whereas alone, and with nobody to show to if their “trip” turns into too intense.
That’s the place Fireside Project is available in. The San Francisco-based non-profit introduced immediately that in April 2021, it’ll launch the Psychedelic Peer Support Line, a free, confidential service by cellphone, textual content message, and reside chat for folks having troublesome psychedelic journeys. This would be the first assist line on the earth particularly for serving to folks navigate psychedelic experiences.
“We started Fireside Project because we wanted to help reduce the possible negative consequences of using psychedelics without support, and to help people get the most from their psychedelic experiences. These are powerful tools that can help people live fuller, deeper, more connected lives, if they have the right kind of support,” explains Fireside Project’s Founder and Director Joshua White. “It’s now more critical than ever that there be a trusted, free, and confidential resource for people whose experiences have become too overwhelming.”
“As access to psychedelic drugs expands, it’s critical that there be a free, confidential support line for people to call during and after their psychedelic experiences,” says California State Senator Scott Wiener, who has pledged to introduce laws to manage psychedelics in California in 2021.
There is rising proof that psychedelics—similar to psilocybin (typically generally known as magic mushrooms) and MDMA (typically generally known as “ecstasy” or “molly”)—can assist deal with situations similar to despair, end-of-life anxiousness, dependancy, and post-traumatic stress dysfunction (PTSD) in veterans, sexual assault survivors, and others. Taking psychedelics with out correct preparation or assist, nonetheless, may be dangerous, with some customers calling 911 or unnecessarily visiting the emergency room.
Although Fireside Project’s providers shall be obtainable to folks throughout the United States, the group will draw upon its native roots. “The San Francisco Bay Area is the birthplace of the psychedelic movement, and an epicenter of the modern psychedelic research renaissance. With calls to national mental health support lines up as much as one thousand percent and more people seeking out psychedelics than ever before, the time is now for the Psychedelic Peer Support Line,” says Brad Burge, a member of Fireside Project’s Advisory Board, and founding father of Integration Communications, a public relations agency that advises companies within the rising psychedelic trade.
In addition to supporting people who find themselves having troublesome journeys, Fireside Project can even provide providers for individuals who wish to work by their previous journeys. According to revealed analysis, psychedelic experiences can have profound religious significance. In a landmark research at Johns Hopkins University, greater than two-thirds of volunteers rated their psilocybin expertise “either the single most meaningful experience of his or her life or among the top five most meaningful experiences of his or her life.”
“After any spiritually significant event, including a psychedelic journey, you can either spend time unpacking what you learned and apply those lessons to make positive life changes. Or you can go back to work the next day and forget about it,” says White. “Part of our goal is to create long-term relationships with our clients so they can really explore what they’ve learned.”
A key a part of Fireside Project’s mission is to advance psychedelic analysis by finding out the hundreds of experiences purchasers are anticipated to share with Fireside Project yearly. “There’s so much we still have to learn about psychedelic experiences, including the best tools for people to use after their experiences to integrate what they’ve learned into their lives. Fireside Project holds significant potential to help us shed light on some of these issues,” says Dr. Joseph Zamaria, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UCSF and a member of Fireside Project’s Advisory Board.
Fireside Project will make use of the newest digital applied sciences to extend its affect. “Our plan is to develop our own artificial intelligence capability, which will eventually allow our volunteers to provide real-time suggestions to clients and draw lessons about how to provide the best support to people during and after their psychedelic experiences,” explains Nicolai Lassen, Fireside Project’s Chief Technology Officer, who can also be growing a deep studying system for the federal government of Denmark to research anonymized psychological well being information offered by sufferers within the nation’s psychological well being clinics.
In the approaching months, Fireside Project will recruit and prepare dozens of volunteers to employees the Psychedelic Peer Support Line, which is able to start serving purchasers on April 14, 2021. Fireside Project will emphasize hiring volunteers with various backgrounds.
“A core part of our mission is to support a more inclusive psychedelic movement,” says Hanifa Washington, Fireside Project’s Cultivator of Beloved Community. “We’ll do this by coalition building with organizations and interest groups that are dedicated to increasing liberatory practices within the movement. We will also listen to the needs, curiosities, and stories of those historically disconnected from the psychedelic movement to better understand how to consciously co-create an inclusive psychedelic community and meaningful psychedelic experiences. In addition, we seek to establish the Fireside Equity Fund, which will help our volunteers who are most impacted by oppression to cover the costs of psychedelic education, training, and access.”
In addition to working the Psychedelic Peer Support Line, Fireside Project will host public panels about subjects similar to assist associates who’re within the midst of a psychedelic expertise, and the way psychedelic psychological well being providers may be made extra inclusive.
Fireside Project’s digital launch panel, which shall be broadcast reside on November 17 at midday PT on Zoom, will discover the pressing want for distant psychedelic peer assist. Moderated by Brad Burge, the panel will embrace Senator Scott Wiener; Rick Doblin, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a non-profit conducting medical trials to make MDMA-assisted psychotherapy an authorized therapy for PTSD; psychiatrist Dr. Julie Holland, creator of the bestselling Weekends at Bellevue and Moody Bitches; Fireside Project’s Founder and Director Joshua White; and Fireside Project’s Cultivator of Beloved Community Hanifa Nayo Washington.
About Fireside Project
Founded in 2020 and based mostly in San Francisco, California, Fireside Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group whose mission is to assist folks fulfill the potential of their psychedelic experiences by offering compassionate, accessible, and culturally responsive peer assist, educating the general public, and furthering psychedelic analysis, whereas embracing practices that enhance fairness, energy sharing, and belonging throughout the psychedelic motion.
Learn extra about Fireside Project on the internet (firesideproject.org), Instagram (@firesideproject), Facebook (@thefiresideproject), or Twitter (@GlowFireside).