The upcoming Music Therapy/DJ documentary 'Before We Were Kings' has parntered with Electronic Music Alliance to start the 'Music As Medicine' campaign. An effort to bring attention to the benefits of Music Therapy for those suffering from Mental Illness and also raise funds for various non-profits in the field.
According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. (43.7 mill.) experience a mental illness in a given year and 23% of youth 13-18 experience a serious mental illness in a given year. Currently, the most common treatment for a mental illness is the prescription of a psychiatric drug. Many of these drugs do help improve symptoms, but they also have the potential of leaving patients in an unfunctional state after use. The point of this campaign/fundraiser is not to attack the psychiatric industry, but to suggest a treatment which is known to naturally increase the “happy” chemicals in one’s brain. One of the most common mental illness in America is Depression, but since music has been scientifically proven to increase brain chemicals such as Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin, and Endorphins; which help alleviate symptoms of Depression, the organizers felt a campaign/fundraiser such as this was long overdue.
The fundraiser will include multiple initiatives in 2015 to get the word out about our cause and to use additional channels to raise funds. One of the key initiatives of ‘Music As Medicine’ will be to start a hashtag campaign on World Mental Health Day. The goal will be to see influential music artist, organizations, mental health specialist and general influencers use #MusicAsMedicine on their social media platforms that day, to help raise awareness about the campaign’s cause.
Thank you in advance for all your support!