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

Help build Santa Barbara's Behavioral Health and Resilience Multiplier

SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES:

  • Our Initial Donation Goal for this Project is $100,000.

USE OF FUNDS:

  • Making behavioral health and resilience programs freely available to economically disadvantaged, minority, and vulnerable members of the community.
  • Refining the existing programs, including the 5G Collaborative Dojo.
  • Building, testing, and marketing special programs for Self Care.
  • Developing other special educational programs in this Behavioral Health Series.

DONATIONS:

  • Please make your tax-deductible contribution payable directly to “Resilient Santa Barbara Fund” at the Santa Barbara Foundation
  • Donations beginning at $20 are welcome to help us reach our funding goal. Donations of $100 or more receive additional benefits as detailed below.

Springs of Amethysts - $100

  • Public Recognition as a Community Health Charter Sponsor
  • Signed copy of Piloting through Chaos—The Explorer’s Mind (Julian Gresser/2013)
  • Free gift of the 5 Minutes to Resilience web app


Rivulets of Moonstones - $500

  • All of the above awards (except memberships) plus:
  • 2 Free Gift Memberships in the 5G Collaborative Dojo, including in-person monthly meetings


Sparkles of Opal - $1K

  • All of the above awards (except memberships) plus:
  • Public lecture in your honor
  • 4 Free Gift Memberships in the 5G Collaborative Dojo, including in-person monthly meetings


Fountains of Pearls - $5K

  • All of the above awards (except memberships) plus:
  • ½ day workshop training and consultation with any organization or company of your choice in Santa Barbara
  • 20 Free Gift Memberships in the 5G Collaborative Dojo, including in-person monthly meetings


Jade Eddies - $10K

  • All of the above awards (except memberships) plus:
  • Two ½ day workshop, training and consultation with any organization or company of your choice in Santa Barbara
  • 40 Free Gift Memberships in the 5G Collaborative Dojo, including in-person monthly meetings


Sapphire Brooks of Laughing Hearts - $25K

  • All of the above awards (except memberships) plus:
  • 100 Free Gift Memberships in the 5G Collaborative Dojo, including in-person monthly meetings
  • 1 day of professional consultation and meetings

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Ruby Streams of Laughing Hearts - $35K

  • All of the above awards (except memberships) plus:
  • 150 Free Gift Memberships in the 5G Collaborative Dojo, including in-person monthly meetings
  • One full day training program with materials for organization of choice to you.

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Emerald Rivers of Laughing Hearts - $50K

  • All of the above awards (except memberships) plus:
  • 200 Free Gift Memberships in the 5G Collaborative Dojo, including in-person monthly meetings
  • Two full day training programs with materials for organizations of your choice.

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Diamond Rivers of Laughing Hearts - $100K

  • All of the above awards (except memberships) plus:
  • 400 Free Gift Memberships in the 5G Collaborative Dojo, including in-person monthly meetings
  • Four full day training programs with materials for organizations of your choice.

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Resilience and the Brainstem

Trauma occurring even in early life and childhood can have adverse epigenetic consequences that appear in later life in a systemic impairment of resilience. There is a direct relationship of brainstem injury and impaired resilience, including impaired immunological resilience, which only in the last few months has been recognized to be mediated at least in part by the brain’s own immune system.

Research on the strategic importance of the brainstem in maintaining resilience, in particular the destructive and long enduring impact of trauma to the brainstem, is still in its infancy. Few rigorous studies satisfying standards of evidence-based medicine exist. Nonetheless, reports of leading practitioners confirm the strategic importance of the brainstem as the regulator of the autonomic nervous system and further that:

Trauma to the brainstem can come in diverse forms—physical, emotional, and environmental—and endure and express itself in illness far into later life.

Trauma tends to “layer” in the neck, somewhat analogous to rings in a tree. When it locates in the neck, trauma torques the axis and atlas bones that protect and hold the brainstem.

Trauma or even sub-concussive trauma extending over many months or years can express themselves in a wide variety of maladies, depending on individual vulnerabilities.

There is a direct relationship of brainstem injury and impaired resilience, including impaired immunological resilience, which only in the last few months has been recognized to be mediated at least in part by the brain’s own immune system.

An important question is the pathways in which trauma to the brainstem affects neuroplasticity in the cerebral cortex, especially when the brainstem itself is thought to have relatively low neuroplasticity.

Notes: Trauma to the Brainstem—A New Frontier Notes:

“Suddenly, it all made sense. As an integrative medicine doctor in posh Marin County, Calif., I never understood how my patients – all health nuts, eating vegan diets or juicing, working out with personal trainers or taking supplements, and sleeping eight hours a night – could be some of the sickest people I’ve ever met. But after my research, I had an epiphany: My patients were sick because they were in chronic repetitive stress response. No amount of kale can counterbalance the poisonous effects of high doses of cortisol and epinephrine on every cell. Their bodies had lost the ability to self-repair…..”

“As a physician, I was trained to believe that I know your body better than you do. If you get sick, you should hand yourself over to me the way you might bring your broken-down car to a mechanic. With little or no input from you, if the exchange goes well, voila! You’re all fixed up and ready to roll….”    “The problem is that this dynamic sets us both up for failure.” 

“Your body is a self-healing organism. By bypassing its natural self-repair process and handing all your power over to a doctor, you might be ignoring the very thing you need to heal. This is not a revolutionary idea. As doctors, we learn that the body can heal itself. Our physiology texts teach us that it is brilliantly equipped with natural self-repair mechanisms that kill the cancer cells we produce every day, fight infectious agents, repair broken proteins, keep our coronary arteries open and naturally fight the aging process….”

“We also learn that our autonomic nervous system has two major operating systems — the sympathetic nervous system, which produces the body’s stress response, also known as “fight or flight”; and the parasympathetic nervous system, which produces the body’s relaxation response, also known as “rest and digest.” This is our homeostatic state, when the body is in equilibrium.

“But here’s what they don’t teach in medical school: The body’s natural self-repair mechanisms only fully function when the nervous system is in relaxation response.”

Notes: Neuroplasticity and Resilience Notes

 

Next: Neurobiology of Resilience

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