Psychedelic Medicines: How My Journey Into The Jungle Changed My Life by Dr Alana Roy
My name is Dr. Alana Roy and for those who know and love me, Lani Roy. I am the National Practice Manager of Mind Medicine Psychological Support Services and the Co-lead on CPAT (Mind Medicine’s ‘Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies’). I am a Social Worker, Psychologist, Counsellor...
Peter’s Story: Finding Acceptance, Being Generous And Healing Grief Through Psychedelic Medicines
As a young person, I never thought that I would be an Australian. I lived in a country town in England and my family seemed secure and loving (even though relationships between my mother and my father were sometimes strained).
The Enormous “Elephant in the Room” in the Government’s Mental Health Funding
Mind Medicine Australia (MMA) welcomes the Government’s commitment to mental health and its drive to improve the mental health of Australians and reduce suicide rates. The increased funding for the sector announced in the Budget is an especially important part of this.
It’s Time To Give Our Military The Medicine They Need
Following the America decision to bring their troops home from Afghanistan after some 20 years in that troublesome country, Australia will also soon do the same.
Where Psychedelics and Intimacy Meet
The Psychedelic experience is inherently intimate. These medicines are not passive, rather they demand that we pay intimate attention to our inner world, confront it and allow ourselves to be transformed.
A Mother’s Prayer To The TGA
I am writing this as a mother, in the hope that my words may open the closed minds of our politicians, the TGA and the RANZCP, who we rely upon to ensure every Australian has access to the latest medical therapies.
"I was confronted with all my grief and trauma and challenged to find my power within it. I felt the shaman and medicine, training me to be strong, resilient and face all my fears. I’d had an initiation that was sacred and profound..."
Healing A Troubled Mind: A Personal Perspective On Victoria’s Stagnant Mental Health System
The Royal Commission’s report on the Victorian mental health system sent shockwaves throughout the State, one of which landed squarely on a patient of mine. They noted that Victoria’s mental health system is “not geared for…change”.
Utilizing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy to Help Process Challenging Experiences with Psychedelics
The last twenty years has arguably led to a renaissance of scientific investigation into the therapeutic benefits and risk of a range of psychedelics. LSD, ecstasy, psilocybin and ayahuasca that are increasing in popularity as alternative therapies used to address a host of mental health challenges.
When You Trip Upon A Star
Unraveling the inspiration behind various acclaimed Disney films. Can psychedelics be used to address childhood trauma and better understand imagination?
A Magic Medicine Journey
Firstly, the medicine completely shot us into space and, at the same time, through the Earth, rivers and oceans. What initially overwhelmed me was this incredible sense of oneness.It was as if all boundaries dissolved and I was left with the sheer magnificence of our planet.
Mind Medicine Australia Celebrates 2-Year Anniversary
This week Mind Medicine Australia turns two years old! In our two years, we have made remarkable progress in growing public awareness of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy in Australia.
Psychedelic Healing Stories: Michael Raymond
In late 2018, I was medically retired after battling with mental and physical illness, including, Major Depression, Anxiety Disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Psychedelic Hedonism — The Ethics Of Psychedelic Therapy
Despite the growing body of empirical work regarding the efficacy of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, the socio-cultural history of these compounds along with their unique psychological effects raises a host of normative ethical questions which need to be addressed.
Medically Assisted Psychotherapy in a Global Context
Psychedelics and plant medicines have been used around the world since early humanity for spiritual, ritual, divination and recreational purposes.
Psychedelics: The Reason for the Season
It’s that time of the year again. According to that popular carol, it’s apparently the most wonderful time of the year. The festive season calls us to gather with loved ones and celebrate surviving another year — and what a wild one it’s been. While 2020 was a memorable moment in time, it might be a
On the Need for a Bioethics of Psychedelic Psychotherapy: A Few Preliminary Challenges
Psychotherapy assisted by psilocybin, a naturally occurring compound in ‘magic mushrooms’, has recently received ‘Breakthrough Therapy’ status from the FDA, in recognition of the substantial benefits witnessed in clinical trials investigating treatment-resistant depression.
Common Views and Attitudes Towards Psychedelic Medicines and Therapies
The current COVID-19 situation and the modern history of psychedelics share a distinguishable commonality, they illuminate a looming war on knowledge and a pervasive division in views and understandings. The dispersion of information plays a powerful role in shaping beliefs and attitudes.
Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy For Criminal Offenders — A New Paradigm For Rehabilitation?
I have a lifelong interest in decreasing violent crime and imprisonments rates. For 21 years I was a proudly activist judicial officer seeking to reduce both — definitively a barbed-wire fence proposition.
Breaking Down the Stigma and Shame of Psychedelics
Psychedelics have a history rich in stigmatisation and misunderstanding. For example, during the 60s (whilst psychedelics research and trials occurred in reputable universities around the world) the anti-Vietnam counterculture, who were associated with psychedelics, rose up against the establishment