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Crowd Sourcing Video Script (Draft 2)

Hi, I’d like to take a moment to talk with you about the history, present day situation, and the future of CureTinnitus.org.

My name is dainis w michel, and i started CureTinnitus.org when I came down with a severe case of tinnitus, and the only option I felt was appropriate for me, was getting better.

With just over a decade online, I’ve been able to take the website from being a simple personal survival blog to offering: 3 online courses, 12 tinnitus support videos, 5 interviews, 28 Cure Tinnitus Shows, dozens of helpful articles, an easy-to-follow process known as the 5 CureTinnitus.org Program Guidelines, and, we get about 500 unique visitors per day.

To date, 168 people have gone through at least a portion of our course offerings, and thousands have gained benefit from our relentless work and dedication to helping people cope with and hopefully heal from tinnitus.

While that may sound grand, and it is wonderful to receive emails and testimonials from people who go so far as to thank CureTinnitus.org for saving their lives, the reality is that the website serves as a safety net for the most desperate among us. Either via email, Facebook, phone calls or Skype, I get contacted frequently by people who tell me that they are considering committing suicide.

Do you think I can email back a suicidal teenager and ask for a parent’s credit card?

What about the frustrated musicians who feel they may never play music again, who directly mention contemplating ending it all, who’ve spent their entire savings on medical treatments and therapies?

What about the stay-at-home mom whose inlaws behavior is so vile that the way they treat her certainly contributes to her stress and illness?

Even when a tired, overworked, wealthy-sounding businessman calls — I simply don’t know how to ask for money in those situations. Maybe even that wealthy businessman needs and deserves — contact with someone who is willing to listen — and give.

Give care
Give time
Give information and attention

…and not ask for anything in return — at least, i mean, at least — until they are out of crisis. When they are off the bridge, off the cliff, when the gun is out of their mouths, the rope is put away, and when the bottle of pills is safely in the medicine cabinet or even the garbage.

Now I personally can’t field the kind of need that there is out there, but I CAN create an organization that can help.

I can’t do it alone, I can’t do it with my financial and energetic resources alone. But with your help, maybe WE can.

As a quick aside, national tinnitus associations like the British Tinnitus Association, the American and Australian Tinnitus Associations, and others, have done a tremendous job at creating public awareness campaigns and spearheading safety regulations for ear protection & tinnitus prevention.

Where CureTinnitus.org comes in, is after the fact, in helping people cope with the onset of tinnitus and figure out where to go from there.

We need at least 12 stable months with at least $2000 USD per month in donations, to stabilize the organization.

At that funding level, I can make sure CureTinnitus.org consistently answers email, phone, and chat inquiries, and I can organize group calls.

After a stable year, we can look at electing a board, and we can ask ourselves whether it makes sense to become a not-for-profit entity.

If we fail to give CureTinnitus.org the funding it needs, I will likely do two things 1. compile the CureTinnitus.org website into a virtual product and sell it for at least $1000 and 2. make access to me personally, to talk about tinnitus, very very expensive.

Maybe I’ve personally done enough for the community of people who have tinnitus, and maybe it is time to end an era. But I personally feel we owe it to our children, our grandchildren, and future generations to provide them with healthy, accurate, healing, life-saving information about what you can do, if you happen to come down with tinnitus.

I feel it is imperative that the organization become self-sustaining so that the information can continue to be improved and can be made available, indefinitely.

Currently donations are made to me personally, because setting up the organization any other way has shown to be too expensive.

If I get the appropriate funding, and if by the grace of fate, we exceed our funding goals, I can promise you that CureTinnitus.org will be a stellar, helpful, kind, and honest resource for anyone who winds up suffering with tinnitus.

Your donations will be warmly appreciated, you can donate below, it can be a one time or recurring donation, and thank you for your time and attention.

Crowd Sourcing Campaign To Help Those Most In Need (1)

DRAFT SCRIPT

Hi, I’d like to take a moment to talk with you about the history, present day situation, and the future of CureTinnitus.org.

My name is dainis w michel, and i started CureTinnitus.org when I came down with a severe case of tinnitus, and the only option I felt was appropriate for me, was getting better.

My personal case was so severe that ending my life would have been a completely understandable choice — however — I was able to improve — and I documented the process. To figure out what to do, I traveled extensively, interviewed doctors and therapists, and condensed the information into 5 simple guidelines.

With 28 Cure Tinnitus Shows, several recorded interviews, support videos, articles, and online courses, over the years, CureTinnitus.org became one of the most trafficked websites about tinnitus in the world, serving between 3 and 600 unique visitors per day.

But really, throughout this entire time, I have had, and because of that, the organization has had — one particularly significant flaw.

Now, I’m not sure if it’s really a flaw — but here is what it is:

I get contacted fairly regularly by people who have spent their last pennies, they are broke and desperate, and they are sometimes even suicidal.

Do you think it’s possible for me to correspond with a suicidal teenager and say “hey but go get one of your parents’ credit cards so i can charge you and we can talk?”

Can I charge a depressed musician who may just call it quits if what I say doesn’t help?

Can I charge a woman whose in-laws are so cruel to her, that their treatment of her is clearly one of the reasons she even has tinnitus?

I can’t do it.

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Ringing in the New Year With a New Number!

Happy New Year Dear CureTinnitus.org Family,

How are you? Your reports of progress, of healing, of coping, of surviving — are all inspirational and beautiful. Thank you for them. If you haven’t been in touch for a while (or at all), do let me (and us) know how you’re doing.

Also, guess what? Our old number is now defunct!

I really loved that number, it was +1 317 713 1177. I could not believe the sequence of numbers when I got it, but alas, the service simply couldn’t provide much, well, service.

Our new number is: +1 312 273 9505. It is a Chicago number and will function mostly as a voicemail, though I can configure it to ring me wherever I am.

To ring in the new ringer with a celebration, I will be available from 8AM to 3:30PM CET time for CureTinnitus.org calls from Monday January 12th, through Friday January 16th 2015. If I cannot pick up, please leave a message and I will get back to you.

Let’s make this year one of well being and healing!

Sincerely,
dainis w michel
Founder of CureTinnitus.org

PS — Stay tuned for our projects in 2015 🙂

what is the deepest desire of someone with tinnitus?

What, in your opinion, is the deepest desire of someone with tinnitus?

Is it to get better?

Is it to “find a cure?”

Is it to “be cured?”

Do you have tinnitus?

If I honestly ask myself what is my most primal desire: it is to receive compassion, to receive pity, to be loved even when I am weak. To be accepted in my state. To have my pain accepted and to be treated with care love sensitivity and kindness.

If you have tinnitus — what is your deepest desire — really?

Removing Fake Registrations From CureTinnitus.org Call For Funding

I think the core message of this video is: I do not find running CureTinnitus.org as a “business” ethical (so what do i do when a suicidal teenager calls?), but I cannot afford to run CureTinnitus.org as a service without funding. Here are a few vids of me doing stuff like deleting spam registrations at the website, which is what happens when you have a prominent website that serves a good amount of data and has a fair amount of traffic.

Please let me know if you can be of assistance by providing funding for CureTinnitus.org. Also, we have had some programmers come through and offer work, but really, life moves on, people get better from tinnitus, and it is unfair to ask people to work without providing fair compensation. So, basically, I am preparing to create a crowd-sourcing campaign to make curetinnitus.org into a real not-for-profit organization by 2014.

When members join our current programs — they get excellent help. Join if you can afford it.

Getting Better At Getting Better — Added A Guideline So It’s 5 Now :-)

  1. LEARN – PLAN – IMPLEMENT – IMPROVE: Learn about tinnitus and well being and plan an effective path for you to decrease tinnitus and increase your well being. Look at your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly “lifestyle.” Find the help you need. Design a plan that fits your personality, preferences, and budget. If you can’t afford a particular therapy right now — replace that portion of your plan with something you can afford or do for yourself. Continue to practice each of the 5 guidelines and get better at getting better as you go 🙂
  2. PHYSICAL HEALTH: Take care of your physical body (including getting proper medical attention for medical conditions). Get effective, relaxing, wonderful body-based therapy that works for you (CST, massage, physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture…etc. your choice do what works)
  3. BEYOND PHYSICAL HEALTH: Take care of your mental, spiritual, and emotional health by getting effective relaxing mental/spiritual/emotional counseling or therapy like psychotherapy, hypnosis, relationship work, etc. — again — do what works for you.
  4. PERSONAL WELL BEING: Effective, relaxing, delicious, happy personal “work.” Make personal lifestyle changes that bring you into a state of well being. So, take that walk, do that project, change your job, confront that bully, etc. Also, this includes bringing your financial well being to a place where you can have fair interchange with the people in your surroundings. Do your personal “work,” but do it in a happy way. Add wonderful elements into your life that work for you and help you at first cope with, then “forget” about tinnitus, and then help you dissolve it.
  5. SUPPORT NETWORK: Establish a loving network of support that you can “let go” into. If you feel stressed out after your counseling or psychotherapy session, have the courage to interview other therapists and make a change. Bring in a hobby group, a support group, an online group that truly supports your healing. Surround yourself with happy people, good friends, and supportive family members…and again even ONE good friend, ONE single source of compassion and love can be enough…and frankly, deserves incredible gratitude.

Donate To CureTinnitus.org


CureTinnitus.org is a membership website run by the individual: dainis w michel. Current running costs exceed membership dues and donations gathered. Our goal is to become a registered not-for-profit by 2014. To help CureTinnitus.org reach that goal, donate or become a member. Our program really helps — a lot.

Suicide Intervention And Beyond

  1. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Suicide Prevention Crisis
    http://www.suicidepreventionli...eline.org/
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255): Suicide hotline, 24/ 7 free and confidential, nationwide network of crisis centers.
    Get HelpLifeline ChatMembers SiteGet Involved
  2. SuicideHotlines.com – When You Feel You Can’t Go On — Let
    http://www.suicidehotlines.com.../
    SuicideHotlines.com. For Suicide Prevention & Emotional Crisis. When You Feel You Can’t Go On. Call A Suicide Hotline. Call to Survive. Let Someone Know
  3. Kristin Brooks Hope Center – Hopeline
    http://www.hopeline.com/
    Teen Peer Counseling Hotline and the. National Michael Jackson’s eldest sister Rebbie headlined our 3rd Suicide Prevention PICK UP THE PHONE TOUR .
  4. Suicide Prevention National Hotline | FCC.gov
    http://www.fcc.govGuides
    17 May 2011 – Suicide Prevention National Hotline (FCC) has assigned toll-free numbers be used as National Suicide Prevention Hotline numbers.
  5. San Francisco Suicide Prevention
    http://www.sfsuicide.org/
    San Francisco Suicide Prevention provides emotional support, assistance, and intervention to people in crisis. Learn more or 24 HOUR HOTLINES. 24 Hour
  6. Veterans Crisis Line | Hotline, Online Chat & Text
    http://www.veteranscrisisline....net/
    SuicidePreventionLifeline.org; > with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.
  7. International Suicide Prevention Wiki
    http://www.suicideprevention.w...ikia.com/
    The International Suicide Prevention Wiki (ISP Wiki) is a worldwide directory of suicide prevention hotlines, online chat, text-lines, and resources. The ISP Wiki is
  8. Suicide Prevention – Mental Health
    http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov...revention/
    24 Oct 2012 – OMHS internet page for VA suicide prevention resources. Signs; Suicide Prevention Resources; Brochures & Information Sheets; Campaign
  9. Samaritans | Suicide Prevention Helpline | Grief Support
    http://www.samaritanshope.org/...
    Samaritans works to reduce the risk of suicide and increase awareness about suicide prevention throughout Greater Boston and MetroWest.
  10. SuicideHotlines.net – Text-Only Hotline Listings For Suicide
    http://www.suicidehotlines.net.../
    SuicideHotlines.net. Text-Only Hotline Listings For Suicide Prevention & Emotional Crisis. USA National Suicide Hotlines Toll-Free / 24 hours / 7 days a week
  11. The Listening Ear Crisis Center
    http://www.theear.org/ 1 Aug 2012 – The Listening Ear Crisis Intervention Center has been open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year since 2504 E Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912

The Listening Ear Center comes with a very sincere CureTinnitus.org endorsement. They are a wonderful resource.

If you are in crisis — reach out for help.