October 10 every year marks World Mental Health Day. In the last decades and particularly in the last year the words ‘mental health’ have finally reached the attention of great parts the world population. However, not all of them.
For this I, Christina, designer and creator of Ananda Soul, personally created an offering for our community and will offer free counseling sessions for anyone in need throughout the month of October.
To say that the COVID-pandemic has had a major impact on people’s mental health would clearly be an understatement. Almost everyone and in particular specific groups, such as health and other frontline workers, children, students, elder, people living alone, people who lost someone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, have been particularly affected. Services offered for mental, neurological and substance use disorders have been significantly disrupted.
According to the WHO mental health conditions continue to increase worldwide. Mainly because of demographic changes, there has been a 13% rise in mental health conditions and substance use disorders in the last decade (to 2017). Mental health conditions now cause 1 in 5 years lived with disability. Around 20% of the world’s children and adolescents have a mental health condition, with suicide the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds. Approximately one in five people in post-conflict settings have a mental health condition.
Recent studies show that a high number of individuals will experience some type of anxiety or mood disorder at some point in their lifetimes, mostly in a continuous or recurring manner. This continues to be a shocking statement at a time that offers a great variety of modalities, techniques, tools and strategies when it comes to self-love and self-care.
The WHOs new Mental Health Atlas paints a disappointing picture of a worldwide failure to provide people with the mental health services they need, particularly at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting a growing need for mental health support. It is a fact that mental health support is still not accessible for many communities on a global scale.
An offering for our community
Those of you who have been following my journey for a while know that I am a student of psychology and currently in the certification process of becoming a somatic, body oriented coach. I am about to complete a training under Gabor Mate who teaches a specific approach known as Compassionate Inquiry.
In light of World Mental Health Day and as a part of obtaining my degree I created a very personal offer for our community: throughout the month of October I am offering the opportunity to sign up via my own website www.sensitivematters.com for free counseling sessions as an offering for anyone who is going through challenging times right now.
If this offering resonates, feel welcome to head to my website via the link below to book your own free session, using the code FIRST-FREE when making the booking.
Please note that I only have a limited number of sessions available – first come, first serve!
As part of my own healing journey, I have been immersed in the world of trauma healing for over 25 years. I combine various modalities such as Compassionate Inquiry as well as tuning into somatic knowing to help clients re-connect with their inner truth. Sessions are 45 minutes long and are part of my certification as a Compassionate Inquiry practitioner. 100% of the session fees of the first 100 sessions will be donated to the Adopt a Family project, a program supporting underprivileged families in Bali through the impacts the pandemic has had on the island.
Please note that I am not a certified licensed therapist – if you are dealing with issues that require a licensed therapist I highly encourage you to get in touch with one as soon as possible. This offering is for the ones that need support right now and who sense that working together could serve them in some form. I am offering a safe space to sit together, to be listened to and to be present with whatever arises during these challenging times.
Head to my website to book your own free session and make sure to use the code FIRST-FREE when making the booking.
The signups must happen in October and the sessions will have to be completed by February 1st, 2022.
Mental health is health. Your mental health matters. If you need support, please reach out, we are here for you.
Sending much love,