The story about MindLift and how it came to be is mired in both tragedy and achievement.
The Founder’s brother is someone who struggled throughout his life with anxiety and depression. As a child he was prescribed legal amphetamines by a psychiatrist, ostensibly because as a young lad, full of energy, he didn’t take to sitting still in a classroom for extended hours throughout the day. He was first diagnosed with ADD, then ADHD (followed by a prescription to dexidren).
Whatever side effects manifested in his mind, were brushed under the table. When he developed depression and anxiety as an adolescent and teenager, he was treated with a revolving door of pharmaceutical prescriptions for an ever-changing mental disorder. First they say he had depression, then bi-polar disorder, then borderline personality. The medications he cycled through were hard to keep track of. Lithium, Prozac, Lorazepam, Clonazepam, Effexor, Cymbalta, and Seroquel. There were probably others; he would spend a year on one, but then move onto the next, when it invariably caused more problems that it solved.
Ultimately nothing seemed to really work. From a young age, he was taught that the mind is just a brain and feelings just chemicals to be manipulated. So when he found his prescriptions wanting, he took matters into his own hand and self-medicated with other substances: alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, opiates of various sorts, ketamine, cocaine, and most probably more. He was in and out of Psychiatric hospitals, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Men’s Groups.
Before he was 30, he passed away from a drug overdose. The Founder suspects fentanyl played a role, however an autopsy report was inconclusive. The Founder suspects it was a kind of vaguely unintentional suicide.
The Founder had his own demons to wrestle with over the years, but he was blessed with a path in life that steered clear of the pharmaceutical industry. He found solace and self-improvement with a combination of meditation, timeless spiritual and religious works, and yes, hallucinogens – in particular naturally occurring ones like psilocybin a.k.a. Magic Mushrooms.
This project was started by The Founder, along with a loose-knit circle of accomplices, in the hopes that more accessible alternatives to the prevailing mental-health treatment cartels, will bring benefits to individuals mentally and spiritually in their day-to-day lives.