RSS Multiple Sclerosis

Help make the Santa Barbara Foundation Behavioral Health and Resilience Educational Series More Personalized, Interactive, and Intelligent, and Directly Applicable to the Communities of Your Greatest Concern.

An App to Fill the Gap!

For Benefactors and Sponsors of the Santa Barbara Behavioral Health Educational Series

Paying Forward Charter Sponsor Packages

  • Our Initial Donation Goal for This Project is $50,000.

Use of Funds:

  • Refining the present program
  • Building, testing, and marketing a special “App to Fill the Gap”
  • Developing other special educational programs in this Behavioral Health Series.
  • Making these programs freely available to economically disadvantaged, minority, and vulnerable members of the community.


  • Please make your tax-deductible contribution payable directly to “Resilient Santa Barbara Fund” at the Santa Barbara Foundation
  • For more please click the FUND button on the top right of your screen.

Springs of Amethysts- $ 100

  • Public Recognition as a Community Health Charter Sponsor
  • Signed individual copies of Piloting through Chaos—The Explorer’s Mind (Julian Gresser/2013)
  • Free gift membership in the Self-Care Multiplier Exchange

Rivulets of Moonstones - $500

  • Amethysts awards plus:
  • 5 Free Gift Memberships in the Self-Care Multiplier Exchange
  • Resilience Reflex Ball

Sparkles of Opal - $1K

  • All of Amethyst and Moonstone awards plus:
  • Public lecture in your honor
  • 10 Free Gift Memberships in the Self-Care Multiplier Exchange

Fountains of Pearls - $5K

  • All of Amethyst, Moonstone, and Opal awards plus:
  • ½ workshop/ training/consultation with any organization or company of your choice in Santa Barbara
  • 15 Free Gift Memberships in the Self-Care Multiplier Exchange

Jade Eddies - $10K

  • Amethysts, Moonstone, Opal, and Pearl awards, plus:
  • Two ½ workshop/training/consultation with any organization or company of your choice in Santa Barbara
  • 20 Free Gift Memberships in the Self-Care Multiplier Exchange

Sapphire Brooks of Laughing Hearts - $25K

  • All of Amethyst, Moonstone, Opal, Pearl, and Jade awards plus:
  • 20 Free Gift Memberships in the Self-Care Multiplier Exchange
  • Development and delivery of specialized Behavioral Health and Resilience Program for communities of special concern or interest to you.

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Ruby Streams of Laughing Hearts - $35K

  • All of the Amethyst, Moonstone, Opal, Pearl, Jade, and Sapphire awards plus:
  • 10 hours of dedicated free consulting time to community causes of highest priority to sponsor
  • One full day (1) training program with materials for organization of choice to you.
  • Special prize award to designated cause of choice.

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Diamond Rivers of Laughing Hearts - $50K

  • All of Amethyst, Moonstone, Opal, Sapphire, Ruby awards plus:
  • Two full day (1) training programs with materials for organizations of your choice.
  • Matching grants to designated organizations of choice any time within the next three years.

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

There appears some good news from explorers on the frontier of resilience and MS.

Professor Kevin Alschuler, a co-author of a major study and associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine has discovered specific behaviors enhance resilience and quality of life for MS patients.

How Resilience Training Can Help People With MS 

  • Be flexible. “Be open to thinking about solutions to a problem or ways to cope with a challenge that might be new or different,” Alschuler suggests.
  • Maintain social connections with family and friends. “People with stronger support networks develop stronger resilience,” Sullivan points out. “You have to work on having stronger relationships and being able to accept help from others.”
  • Understand the ideals that make your life meaningful. “It’s more than bouncing back from adversity. It’s bouncing back to doing the things that are meaningful to you, Professor Alschuler explains. “When you have those targets and you bounce back, you can get refocused and regain your drive.”
  • Have a game plan. Be prepared for a situation so that you’re ready to face a challenge when it arises.
  • Take good care of yourself. Focus on well-being, energy conservation and stress reduction. 

MS Resilience Scale. We now have a MS Resilience Scale:

Intertidal Connection: Can Music Help MS Patients? The answer appears “Yes”. Strategic applications of music as a restorative balm for resilience, appears to have important neurological as well as other benefits for several chronic neurological illnesses.

  • Music Therapy for MS: How Rhythm Can Help With Movement and Memory
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