World Mental Health Day has been observed since 10th October 1992. Initially held by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), it's now officially commemorated annually and this year's theme is 'mental health for all'.
Originally there was no specific theme and its aim was to promote mental health advocacy and public education. The first three years involved central activities to mark the day including a two-hour telecast broadcast globally from studios in Talahassee, Florida. WFMH Board members situated in the studio connected live with Australia, Chile, England and Zambia and ran pre-taped segments from Geneva, Atlanta and Mexico City.
Now, almost three decades later, it’s interesting to note of how that pioneering worldwide connection relates to our new Zoom reality.
The first theme evolved in 1994 as “Improving the Quality of Mental Health Services throughout the World.” Soon after the campaign, feedback reports were received from 27 countries including national campaigns in Australia and in England. The Day was soon found to be a valuable occasion for a number of interested government departments, committed individuals and organisations to arrange programmes to focus on aspects of mental health care.
Isolation since the Covid-19 lockdown, and before for vulnerable members of the community, will inevitably lead to a surge in mental health issues with many anxieties surfacing over what the future will bring.
In the last one hundred years we have had numerous veterans from two World Wars and other international conflict who witnessed terrible horrors. Sadly, most nations made little effort to rehabilitate these individuals and help them through the traumatic impact those experiences would've had on their mental health. Instead, all these emotions were internalised and that became the societal 'normal' reaction to any mental health issues - keep them to yourself.
Attitudes are thankfully changing, albeit slowly. We, as a planet, still have a way to go, some countries can still learn from others as we all strive to improve together and support each other. One positive to take is that there is a spotlight on mental health since lockdown that is fuelling much needed discussion.
World action days like this help communities to feel connected, bringing balance and harmony into people's lives. Harmony Healing utilises Ancient Egyptian Philosophies to bring balance and harmony to people; even a gentle integration with nature on a regular basis can reap great benefits. The Egyptian word Neter (which we generally translate as God, the plural being Neteru) reflects the way they saw Divinity in the manifestations of life in their environment and I belief this is the origin of our word 'nature'.
Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing Level 1 - a new series of virtual interactive training modules starts with Violet Flame on Thursday 15th October and Khemitology Tuesday 20th October, details on Harmony Healing Virtual Events.
Currently, due to Coronavirus, most events will be virtual hence distant readings and healings are proving popular. We don't recommend giving a reading or healing to another person, without first checking whether it would be welcomed.
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