Scientists recommend MDMA to help our mental health after the lockdown

Mind Medicine Australia is advocating for the use of MDMA and psilocybin, which is found in magic mushrooms, to treat people struggling with mental health issues after lockdown.

The registered charity, which supports scientific research into psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, has called on the Australian government to offer this treatment as part of the mental health support its federal health minister has established during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australia has recently seen a spike in people seeking help with mental health problems such as depression, stress and anxiety following the bushfire crisis, which the coronavirus pandemic is expected to exacerbate.

While Australia’s federal health minister has established new coronavirus support services, including digital and phone support, former Coalition MP (which is, confusingly, a centre-right party) and board member of Mind Medicine Australia (MMA) Andrew Robb is pushing forward a campaign to introduce MDMA and psilocybin – found in magic mushrooms – as a possible treatment.