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International PTSD Conference in Kiev, Ukraine on June 2, 2015

On Tuesday, June 2, 2015 from 10.00 am till 6.00 pm the International Conference on Comprehensive Assistance for Participants of the Anti-Terrorist Operation in Ukraine for Integration to Civilian Life was held at the “Central House of Officers” in Kiev, Ukraine. This conference was co‑sponsored by the David Lynch Foundation of Ukraine, NATO, and the State Service of Ukraine on War Veterans and Participants of the Anti‑Terrorist Operation.

More than 100 people attended this high-profile event: high-ranking military officials and leaders of veterans’ organizations; representatives of the government of Ukraine, NATO, and other international and Ukrainian organizations; and members of the press, including 8 TV channels. They all came to hear about the programs that are currently available to bring relief to active and retired soldiers (veterans) who have suffered from the stress of war. Prominently featured was the unique “Warrior Wellness Program” developed and offered by the David Lynch Foundation (DLF), USA. The DLF‑Ukraine branch presented the “Warrior Wellness Program”, whose core technology is the Transcendental Meditation technique, to help provide relief to those Ukrainian soldiers and veterans who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that often occurs in military personnel who have experienced or witnessed a trauma. Symptoms of PTSD include anxiety, hypervigilance, exaggerated startle response, nightmares or flashbacks, insomnia, outbursts of anger and social withdrawal. Veterans with PTSD also exhibit evidence of over-arousal (exaggerated fight-or-flight response).

The conference participants were very impressed to learn about the research findings on the Transcendental Meditation technique which have demonstrated the effectiveness of TM in providing relief from the symptoms of PTSD and treating a number of the comorbidities associated with the illness. The findings which were presented to the audience include:

  • Reduced PTSD: 40–50 percent reduction in PTS symptoms, including depression
  • Greater resiliency: reduced stress levels and quicker recovery from stress
  • Reduced cardiovascular disease: decreased blood pressure, harmful cholesterol, and atherosclerosis; and a 47 percent reduction in cardiovascular‑related mortality
  • Decreased substance abuse: decreased smoking, alcohol, and drug abuse
  • Decreased medical expenditures: 14 percent reduction in annual medical expenditures, as compared to the norm

Highlights of the conference were the presentations given by Dr. Kingsley Brooks, Global Country of World Peace, International Director for Ukraine; Dusty Baxley, Director of “Operation Warrior Wellness” of the David Lynch Foundation; Dr. Ashley Deans, Professor of Education and Physics at Maharishi University of Management and Global Ambassador of Consciousness-Based Education; and Dr. Mykola Didukh, Director of the Transcendental Meditation program in Ukraine. Other speakers at the conference included the NATO Liaison Officer in Ukraine, members of the Ukrainian armed forces, veterans, and representatives of various organizations specialized in rehabilitation programs for soldiers.

Please enjoy the following photos and videos from the conference:

 

Artur Derevyankos, Chairman of the State Service of Ukraine on War Veterans and Participants of the Anti-Terrorist Operation, is welcoming the participants in the “International Conference on Comprehensive Assistance for Participants of the Anti-Terrorist Operation in Ukraine for Integration to Civilian Life”

 


Over 100 people attended the “International Conference on Comprehensive Assistance for Participants of the Anti-Terrorist Operation in Ukraine for Integration to Civilian Life”

 


Representatives of all the major media of Ukraine, including 8 TV channels, followed the conference

 


Dr. Kingsley Brooks, Global Country of World Peace, International Director for Ukraine, gave his presentation on behalf of DLF‑USA

 


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Tamir Elterman (far left, front) was sent by DLF‑USA to document the event and interview soldiers and veterans, etc.

 


Dr. Igor Prodan, a medical doctor from Ukraine and Teacher of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program, explained the profound health benefits of the TM technique in treating PTSD

 


Dr. Igor Prodan, a medical doctor from Ukraine and Teacher of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program, explained the profound health benefits of the TM technique in treating PTSD

 


Viacheslav Gorlovski, the Director of the David Lynch Foundation of Ukraine, was interviewed on one of the many TV channels which reported on the conference

 


Dr. Kingsley Brooks, Global Country of World Peace, International Director for Ukraine, was interviewed on one of the many TV channels which reported on the conference

 


A member of the Ukrainian armed forces was interviewed by the KRATU TV channel (photo courtesy by Viacheslav Gorlovski)

 


Dusty Baxley, Director of “Operation Warrior Wellness” of the David Lynch Foundation, was interviewed on one of the many TV channels which reported on the conference (photo courtesy by Viacheslav Gorlovski)

 


Dusty Baxley, Director of “Operation Warrior Wellness” of the David Lynch Foundation, delivered an impressive speech (photo courtesy by Viacheslav Gorlovski)

 


Dr. Ashley Deans, Professor of Education and Physics at Maharishi University of Management and Global Ambassador of Consciousness-Based Education, explained that by establishing a large coherence-creating group of practitioners of the TM and TM-Sidhi program in a country, the nation as a whole can rise to a state of invincibility (photo courtesy by Viacheslav Gorlovski)

 


Dr. Ashley Deans, Professor of Education and Physics at Maharishi University of Management and Global Ambassador of Consciousness-Based Education, explained that by establishing a large coherence-creating group of practitioners of the TM and TM-Sidhi program in a country, the nation as a whole can rise to a state of invincibility

 


Dr. Mykola Didukh, Director of the Transcendental Meditation program in Ukraine, pointed out that the implementation of the Transcendental Meditation technique would complement and support all other rehabilitation programs which are currently being implemented by various organizations

 


Nadia Burmak, from the Medical Center of Burmak, gave a powerful presentation and made a strong appeal to adopt Transcendental Meditation in the rehabilitation programs for Ukrainian soldiers and veterans

 


A Ukrainian soldier gave a moving report about his experiences on the battle field in the Eastern part of Ukraine; he plans to be one of the first Ukrainian soldiers to learn TM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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