Dear psychedelic researchers, [advocates, citizens, and educators]
…two major contributors to the mental health epidemic are staring us in the face: wealth and health inequality… [which] perpetuate traumas that frequently manifest in treatment-resistant mental illnesses. In this context, the story that psychedelic medicalization will revolutionize mental health in the absence of socioeconomic change is nothing more than a persistent hallucination…we acknowledge that this complicates rapid institutional timelines for increasing access to some drugs for some people via psychedelic medicalization… [but] without structural change we will reproduce the shortcomings of the current system.
We acknowledge that this complicates rapid institutional timelines for increasing access to some drugs for some people via psychedelic medicalization… A meta-analysis in Clinical Psychology Review showed a statistically significant relationship between debt, mental health, and suicide attempts and completions… exceedingly worse than their parents’ generation. Moreover, mainstream discourse has fixated on “health insurance” rather than “healthcare” and even then, 87 million Americans are uninsured, under-insured, or have experienced a gap in insurance coverage. Additionally, 70% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, while 45% have none. Finally, since 2000 suicide has skyrocketed.