David Lynch Foundation Benefit Evening The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City  •  December 13, 2010 Russell Brand, Clint Eastwood, David Lynch, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Katy Perry, Russell Simmons

Stress-free urban schools

Escalating stress levels among children and teens exacerbates mental disorders, substance abuse, dropouts, crime, and suicide. Ten million children in the U.S. are on anti-depressant medication, five million children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and the number three cause of death among teenagers is suicide. The David Lynch Foundation has provided scholarships for thousands of at-risk students to participate in the Quiet Time/Transcendental Meditation program in public, charter, and private schools throughout the country, including in Washington, D.C., New York City, Hartford, Detroit, and California.

Stress-free urban schoolsResearch: Improved test scores and academic achievement; reduced suspensions and expulsions; improved graduation rates; reduced stress, anxiety, depression, violence, and substance abuse.

Awaiting funding: More than 20,000 students nationwide.

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