GYMHA MEMBER NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER 2021 - ISSUE. 06
Dear Esteemed Reader,
Warm greetings from our team! Mental health is a journey; let’s walk together. It is OK to not be OK. Our mission is to empower; such that everyone, everywhere should have someone to turn to in support of their mental health.
GYMHA Psychological First Aid (PFA) online course is finally here!
Psychological First Aid (PFA)
-First line psychosocial support after a crisis event
-What PFA is and is not
-Who, when, and where of PFA
-How to help responsibly
-Action principles: Look~ Listen~ Link
-Things to say and do
-Supporting those who likely need special attention
-Self-care and team-care for helpers
-PFA capacity building for disaster preparedness and response
-PFA resources (translations, adaptations, online forums)
Exciting news at GYMHA!
Since the inception of Global Youth Mental Health Awareness (GYMHA) Incorporated, Australia, the not-for-profit organization, has never relented in raising awareness and improving youth emotional and mental health outcomes as well as making psychology a household term.
The GYMHAI is a global network of professionals whose aimed to empowers anyone, especially those youth experiencing psychological health problems, emotional turmoil, adjustment issues and concerns, with an endeavor to make psychology a household word without any stigma or prejudice.
Recently, GYMHA in preparation for its second annual Stress Management Summit has produced POLO shirts which will be globally distributed to members for a TOKEN. The polo represents the identity and image of GYMHA. In this light, members should lengthen their voluntary support by having a polo.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
FEAR! FEAR! FEAR!
By Katinda Ndola | Author of The Big Comeback
What’s Holding You Back?
5 Ways to Break Free from Negative Self Sabotage
What is fear and why does the “Power of Fear” control people’s lives and destinies?
I was on a cruise in the Pacific, the day I realized that fear was just an illusion; a notion that is real for most people yet made up.
I was basking in the sun while watching my son swim in the pool when a guy also watching his kids started a conversation with me. The typical formalities followed: Where are you from, what do you do for a living? As I chatted away, I asked the same questions, and he proudly said to me “I am a self-made millionaire”. That got me more interested. My next question to him was about how he got started? He quickly responded by saying “I figured out if it wasn’t going to kill me or cause any permanent bodily harm, what was there to lose really? So, I gave it a shot.”
Aha! That moment was life-changing for me. If it wasn’t going to kill me or cause any permanent bodily harm, why not give it a shot? I had a consciousness shift in that moment and decided to stop letting fear prevent me from doing the things I wanted to do. And when fear creeps back in (as it always does because that’s how the human mind works), I find ways to quickly get rid of it.
Many people struggle with fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of not being loved, fear of not being good enough, fear of rejection and more.
Here are some of my tips on how to get rid of fear quickly:
- Failure as an ally. This is a big one because many people are afraid of failure. Failure will not kill or harm you in any way. As a matter of fact, failure leads to greater things. Failure gives you the opportunity to try again and again. There’s a piece of wisdom that says life is the hardest teacher because she gives you the test before the lesson. That’s failure. Failure is how you learn. It is a necessary component of success. Let me repeat that in different way: it is not possible to really succeed without failing first. By simply shifting your perception of failure from something to be avoided to something that is here to help you and teach you the path to success, you can make it your best ally.
- Exposure therapy. When I was in my twenties, I used to admire people who could rollerblade. I wished I could do it too, but the fear of falling and getting hurt always crept in. After procrastinating for so long, I woke up one day and made the BIG decision to overcome my fear and learn how to rollerblade. Practice makes perfect. I hired an instructor and after falling a few times, I overcame my fears. Now, I rollerblade like a pro. I did it over and over again and it worked. This is technically called “exposure therapy”, and it is very effective at reducing fear.
- Get up and take action. Sometimes, people expect that if it’s “meant to be,” it will simply come to them. You can believe that if you want, but life doesn’t work that way. Taking action is necessary to achieve any goals you set for yourself. The idea is to take small steps. One of my favorite quotes of all time is from author T. Harv Eker: “If you are only willing to do what’s easy, life will be hard. If you are willing to do what’s hard, life will be easy.” Having the courage to do what it takes and to make difficult decisions will lead you to where you want to be. A great way to get unstuck is to start doing something. That brings us back to No. 1: lots of folks don’t get started because they’re afraid they’ll put in all the hard work and fail. But if you don’t try, you’ll definitely fail to achieve your goal.
- Recognize that you are both imperfect and enough. I’ll never forget the last episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show”: she stood alone on her stage, talking to her audience, and one of the things she said that really struck me is that in her 25 years of doing the show and the thousands of people from all walks of life she’s interviewed, everyone had the same common fear: Am I enough? We are all worried that we are not enough of something – Not smart enough, not thin enough, not accomplished enough, not pretty enough. In other words, we feel that who we are is not enough to accomplish our goals, whatever they might be. Here’s the thing; you are both completely messed up and totally enough, simultaneously. We all are. Know that, and fear will begin to dissipate. Then, nothing will hold you back.
- Get comfortable with uncertainty. Play the pro version of the “what if” game. This is where fear of the unknown creeps in. Do you ever play the “what if” game? What if it doesn’t work out? What if I get hurt? What if people laugh at me? Well, if that’s the game you’re playing in your mind, with all due respect, you’re playing the amateur version. If you’re going to play, play like a pro. It goes a little something like this:
A- What if it doesn’t work out?
B- Well, I guess then I’ll try something else.
A- But what if that doesn’t work?
B- I can keep trying until I find something that does work.
A- What if people laugh at me?
B- I’m not going to be defined by what other people think of me. Plus, my real friends won’t laugh because they love me.
You see how that works? The “what if” game can actually be a great tool if you play it all the way through. You have to keep trying. Never give up.
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Have you checked out our blog lately? GYMHA is determined to ensure that no one is left out as far as Mental Health is concerned. There’s so much information that will enhance your knowledge and perception about Mental Health, so much so that you gain basic skills you can share with someone going through Mental Health challenges.
Please visit our blog below and get inspired!
STRESS MANAGEMENT REVOLUTION SUMMIT, 2021
This Summit was the second of its kind. It took place on the 28th and 29th of August, 2021. Hosted by GYMHA and eYs Magazine International, the two powerful master classes saw over 60 speakers who shared their insights on stress management and other related topics. There were recitation of poems, dance, and musical performances. There was a vast amount of social media coverage with great impressions.
GYMHA continues working to increase the profile of stress awareness, campaigning against the stigma associated with stress and mental health issues and offering professional expertise and knowledge to manage stress.
Special thanks to the founder of eYs Magazine International, Jasmina Siderovski, GYMHA’s CEO and Founder, Prof. Jude Ediae, the Summit Convener Sandeep Nath, the planning committee, Summit moderators; Katinda Ndola and Mahmooda Khan for steering the two-day event, Master class moderators and all the speakers, the supporting organizations, volunteers and everyone that made the event a success.
We look forward to another great summit next year.
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SPIRITUAL CARE AND PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID
BY: Chap. Dr. Matthew Ngobua.
My intention here is not to engage in claims and counterclaims. Having been assigned as a ‘Spiritual Director’ with GYMHA, it is expedient to elucidate how Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care can employ spirituality to address mental health and wellbeing issues especially among the youths globally.
I will therefore present the area of discussion as simple as possible without overindulging in an academic exercise. Our focus here is to consider the relationship between Spiritual Care and Psychological First Aid. The two concepts – Spiritual Care and Psychological First Aid – appear worlds apart but share a lot of benefits to humanity, especially those who are experiencing or have experienced trauma, crisis, emergencies, grieve, or broken heart syndrome.
Psychological First Aid has been variously defined by practitioners. I will attempt to bring out some of the definitions for a better understanding. Please note that the definitions are not originally mine. – It is a humane, supportive, and practical assistance to fellow human beings who recently suffered a serious stress or. – It is an evidence – informed approach that is built on the concept of human resilience. It aims to reduce stress symptoms and assist in healthy recovery following a traumatic event, natural disaster, public health emergency or even a personal crisis – It is a globally recommended training for supporting people during emergencies and offers guidance on delivering psychosocial care in immediate aftermath of the emergency event.
Spiritual Care on the other hand is simply defined as the care for the human spirit. It is a crucial aspect of holistic health. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) agrees that the spiritual dimension of health is increasingly recognized.
Spiritual Care attends to a person’s spiritual (and religious) needs as he or she copes with illness, loss, grief, or pain and can help him or her heal emotionally as well as physically, rebuild relationships and regain a sense of spiritual wellbeing. Spiritual care empowers individuals to draw on their own beliefs and practices for comfort, courage and strength recognizing the invaluable healing powers of the human spirit. It is nurturing the human spirit to be able to heal any other area of life.
It is generally agreed that a person is made up of the body, soul and spirit. These three components are crucial to the survival or otherwise of a human being. They also relate and are interrelated. Anything that affects one component if not holistically treated, can affect the other components. Death then becomes the final separation of the human spirit and soul from the body. Physicians and other medical personnel treat the body. They ensure the body is sound and fit to contain the spirit and soul.
Psychologists and other related mental health professionals attend to the psychological needs to ensure emotional and mental health and wellbeing. The soul of a human being – regarded as the seat of decision – is said to contain the emotion, feelings, will, mind, intellect, and conscience. Here lies the power to decide to take a new course of life, forget a person, move on after mourning, start all over again, give up, commit suicide, or engage in any exercise resulting to attitudinal and behavioral change.
Spiritual Care Specialists are trained, licensed, and certified to attend to the spiritual (and in some cases religious) needs of a person. Spiritual care practitioners have an understanding that all people are spiritual but not all are religious. They appreciate the fact that some people have religious problems but not spiritual problems and vice versa. They are aware of the fact that no one came into this world with any religion, but we all came with spirituality – the yearning to connect with self, others, environment and God (the Transcendent). It is no longer news that in times of crisis, ill health, emergencies, grief, and disappointments etc, people turn to spirituality to draw strength and activate their coping mechanism. This helps them overcome fear, anxiety, stress, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
People turn to their Spiritual Centre as means to access coping strategies. Let us note at this point that religion is a means of accessing spirituality. Religious resources like symbols, rituals, practices, books, music, prayer, meditation, sacraments are on the forefront of connecting people with spirituality in times of crisis. Others identify other personal means outside religion to access spirituality during disorientations.
Professionals trained as ‘Interfaith’ Chaplains or Spiritual Care practitioners come to attend to ‘whomsoever’ without imposing their religious beliefs on a patient. They are trained to facilitate a patient to activate his or her religious or spiritual resources as a coping mechanism. Faith-based religious leaders of all religions also play a critical role in helping people to use religious resources to access spirituality for comfort, meaning, purpose, direction, self-worth, connection, and reconciliation. This is crucial to their psychological and physical recovery.
The point is that, since the spiritual controls the emotional and the physical, if a person’s spiritual needs are met, it becomes easy to enable the emotions and body to recover. It is however surprising that people take care of their physical and emotional health but are less concerned about their spiritual health and wellbeing because they don’t want to be viewed as ‘spiritual’. Spiritual wellbeing has a gigantic effect on the emotional and physical health. This is the role that Hospital Chaplains and Spiritual Care practitioners clinically play in hospitals all over the world. This is a different role from what the hospital evangelism/visitation clergies of different religions play when they visit hospitals to pray, evangelize and donate items to inpatients. Other Chaplains and Spiritual Care professionals have specialized in providing for the spiritual needs of people at educational institutions, correctional centers, welfare facilities, corporate settings, law enforcement agencies and the society at large.
During administration of Psychological First Aid, application of Spiritual Care can come in handy to complement. Spiritual and religious resources can play a significant role in Psychological First Aid by helping people access their spiritual centre and draw strength and other coping strategies that will calm their spirit, thus, having a tremendous healing power on their emotions and bodies.
Let me also say that Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care specialists are clinically trained, certified, and licensed to practice. To qualify as a Spiritual Care specialist, one is expected to complete four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (which is equivalent to 1,600 Clock Hours of supervised CPE) and a master’s degree in divinity. Endorsement by a faith group and certification/license from a recognized chaplaincy or Spiritual Care association are also required. Spiritual intervention is not all about casting and binding. It is not trial and error approach. It is a clinical procedure of assessment, diagnosis, care plan, treatment, and evaluation. There are clearly identified assessment models used by professionals to diagnose the spiritual needs of a person in the midst of many needs. Spiritual Care practitioners are aware of their scope of practice, standard of practice and ethical codes guiding their practice. They are mandated to cooperate and collaborate with professionals from other disciplines for easy referral. The practice is research, documentary, and evidence base. As a matter of fact, Psychological First Aid is one of the required areas to be covered during Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care training.
To ensure a holistic recovery of a patient or client who is experiencing or has experienced trauma, illness, grief, crisis or broken heart among others, spiritual care can be incorporated into Psychological First Aid. Care can only be said to be holistic if a patient’s physical, psychological, mental, and spiritual needs are met.
To holistically address youth mental health and wellbeing, Spiritual Care is indispensable. There is need to also understand a therapy known as ‘Psycho-Spiritual Care’ used by practitioners to handle the psychological and spiritual needs of a person. Psycho-Spiritual Care is a care package that attends to the psychological and spiritual needs of a person. This makes it easier for the medical team to attend to the needs of the patient’s body. Some are even of the view that Spiritual Care is a therapy in Psychological First Aid. The argument is that people who are spiritual and religious are likely to pay attention to spiritual care/ intervention during trauma or crisis than what they would likely consider as a ‘mere sweet talk therapy’ to make them temporary take their minds off a challenge. There is a high level of believability in Spiritual Care.
Herein lies the significant relationship between Spiritual Care and Psychological First Aid.
WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY .
September 10th is marked every year as the world suicide prevention day. This year’s theme is Creating Hope through Action. The goal is to reach people who are struggling with suicide before it’s too late.
Suicide is a major public health concern. It is ranked the leading cause of death among young people. Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.
Warning signs include:
-Talking about wanting to die
-Talking about feeling empty or hopeless or having no reason to live
-Talking about feeling trapped
-Feeling unbearable emotional or physical pain
-Talking about being a burden to others
-Withdrawing from family and friends
-Giving away important possessions
-Saying goodbye to friends and family
-Putting affairs in order, such as making a will
-Taking great risks that could lead to death, such as driving extremely fast
Suicide is complicated and tragic but often preventable with timely, evidence-based and low-cost interventions.
- Speak if you are worried that someone may be contemplating suicide.
- Respond quickly in time of crisis – call an emergency line.
- Offer help and support – be empathetic and listen.
- Get professional help for them
- Remove potential means of suicide
- Follow up. Keep them under surveillance.
Check on someone today. All of us – family members, friends, co-workers, community members, educators, religious leaders, healthcare professionals, political officials and governments – should take action to prevent suicide.
GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES AND NEWS
- GYMHA AGM and board election proposed date – 30th of October 2021
- VicHealth Research fellowships: New funding opportunities
Read more: https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/funding/research-fellowships-2021?utm_campaign=fellowships_r2&utm_content=e-bully080921&utm_medium=email&utm_source=digital&utm_term=Research+Fellowships
- Translated resources for R U OK? Day
R U OK? has translated key resources you can use if you or someone you know would prefer to get information in a language other than English.
You can download here: https://www.ruok.org.au/other-languages
- Leadership development scholarships
This is the final call for women working in the health care sector to access leadership development scholarships in 2021. The final date for expressions of interest has been extended to September 24. Partial scholarships of $1000-$5000 per person are available for women in the health care sector. The scholarships will be used to assist women to undertake a range of leadership development programs commencing in 2021 and 2022. http://www.wla.edu.au/health.html
- Orygen’s #chatsafe initiative has won Suicide Prevention Australia’s 2021 LiFE Award for innovation.
Read the full details at: https://www.orygen.org.au/chatsafe
- CURRENT VACANCIES
– Allied health practitioners (contractors) headspace – https://www.orygen.org.au/About/Work-with-Us/Allied-Health-Practitioners-contractors-2017
– Clinical implementation lead- https://www.orygen.org.au/About/Work-with-Us/Clinical-implementation-lead-(1)
– Project manager – https://www.orygen.org.au/About/Work-with-Us/Project-manager
– Executive assistant – research and knowledge translation
– Research assistant – https://www.orygen.org.au/About/Work-with-Us/Research-assistant-(6)
- Australians looking for support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic can access the Beyond Blue Coronavirus Well-being Support Service anytime via telephone at 1800 512 348 or online at www.coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au
- Anyone experiencing distress can seek immediate advice and support through Lifeline (13 11 14), Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800), or the Government’s digital mental health gateway, Head to Health.
- If you are concerned about suicide, living with someone who is considering suicide, or bereaved by suicide, the Suicide Call Back Service is available at 1300 659 467 or www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
- Your FREE Gifts from the Stress Management Revolutions Summit are here!
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