Santa Cruz Declares The Month of April: “Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Month”

 

Secured in partnership with the Santa Cruz City Council and Councilman Dr. Justin Cummings, the proclamation’s goal is to raise awareness – both in Santa Cruz and beyond – to alternative, holistic healing methods that are rapidly gaining support in the U.S. medical community.

“We’re proud to proclaim April as Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Awareness Month in the City of Santa Cruz. As Western research continues to advance what generations of healers across the world know, our hope is that our citizens who are struggling with mental health or treatment-resistant ailments can find transformative healing with the supervised use of psychedelics,” said Cummings. “Santa Cruz is at the forefront of this movement and we’re passionate about expanding access to the medicinal uses of psychedelics openly and legally, and clinical research to help us understand how to maximize the benefits of their use and mitigate any negative consequences. We made the right decision in decriminalizing psychedelics in the city of Santa Cruz last year. It’s significant progress for Californians and we look forward to continuing to advocate for legalization and responsible use of psychedelics to improve the health of our city, county, state and country. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Psychable to advocate for legislation, and applaud their leadership in this space.

 

Proclamation Copy: Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Awareness Month

WHEREAS, substance abuse, addiction, recidivism, trauma, post-traumatic stress symptoms, chronic depression, severe anxiety, end of life anxiety, grief, cluster headaches, and other debilitating conditions are present in our community;

WHEREAS, the use of psychedelics has been shown by scientific and clinical studies and traditional practices to be beneficial to the health and well-being of individuals and communities in addressing these conditions, as well as personal spiritual growth;

WHEREAS, medicinal practices with psychedelics have been considered sacred to human cultures and human relationships with nature for thousands of years; 

WHEREAS, clinical studies and research in the U.S., Canada and Europe have shown the safety and efficacy of psychedelics for treating a variety of mental health illnesses going back to the 1960s;

WHEREAS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) was founded on April 8, 1986 to further the research on psychedelics as medicine, and psychedelic practitioners celebrate the healing power of psychedelics on World Bicycle Day on April 19; 

WHEREAS, the FDA has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation to MDMA for the treatment of PTSD, and to Psilocybin for use in major depressive disorders; Ketamine is now being used successfully across the US and Canada for treatment-resistant depression and to help with chronic pain and cluster headaches; Psilocybin has been shown to ease treatment-resistant depression, end-of-life anxiety, and cluster headaches, Ibogaine has been shown to be an effective treatment for opiate addiction, and 

Ayahuasca studies are currently underway to better understand its ability to address depression, and substance dependence;

WHEREAS, Psychable is committed to being a trusted and comprehensive community dedicated to connecting those interested in legally exploring psychedelic-assisted therapy with practitioners and bringing together generations of indigenous healing with Western medicine;

 

Now, therefore, be it resolved, I, Mayor Donna Meyers and the members of the Santa Cruz City Council hereby proclaim April 2021 to be Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Awareness Month in Santa Cruz, California and call upon our citizens, government agencies, public and private institutions, and businesses to commit to increasing the awareness and understanding of mental ailments, the need for appropriate and accessible treatment options, and the transformative power of psychedelic-assisted therapy for all those suffering or looking to improve their mental health.

 

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