Promoting Mental Health Globally
From partners, beneficiaries, and participants
SalusWorld is so important because it stands for those people who want to share their sad stories. Good counselors put those stories in a safe box (the counselor). I want to be a good counselor and keep the confidentiality and offer the shoulder to cry on!
In my opinion mental health is important for all human beings. In Burma, most of the mentally ill patients don’t get psychological support. But, they aren’t the only ones who need counseling. This is why we need to raise the community awareness about psycho-social support by training them and supporting them.
It’s hard to put into words how this group has helped me but this room feels like one of the safest places in the village. Sometimes on the weekends if I am feelings upset or have those thoughts about dying I just walk to this clinic and sit under that Mango tree and look into this room. After that, I always feel better and my children and friends have noticed it relaxes me. I have also started to take better care of my children and myself and have learned how to control my emotions. Some of this is the little things like bathing and feeding myself and some of this feels much bigger - I get less angry, I don’t yell and scream for no reason, and my memories of the crisis don’t scare me as much as they used to.
Wish you to have more success to save the heart and minds throughout the world.
Can I just tell you that it’s almost as if you came to my house and peaked in my windows and discovered exactly what was bothering me and my family. Before I saw the play I didn’t exactly understand what your program was all about but now I know and I keep sending people to the clinic to speak with a counselor and they appreciate the privacy of it all and seem to be helped as well.
To have you all in our midst was a strange thing indeed. Sometimes when somebody was telling their story I would look over and watch you and realize you were all truly feeling the sadness in the room and all I could think about was that you didn’t have to be doing this and yet you were here every week. Once we felt important and cared about things changed - We started going to the markets and taking care of ourselves and we don’t care anymore about the people around us who say mean things or don’t understand why we come here because you all care and now we care about each other and ourselves.
In our developing country, SalusWorld brings balance and light that we need for mental and emotional stability
As physical health is important, mental health is important as well. SalusWorld, thank you for the training!
It’s like magic. Somehow this group allowed me to find hope again and I learned to take care of myself. I had no idea how bad I was until I compare myself to how I was doing before and I know now that I didn’t need a pill for what was troubling me.
At first I didn’t understand what this group was all about. All I knew was that I was having difficulty dealing with the loss of my wife and children and I had been told that others had been helped by these groups. So I came and sat quietly and thought I wasn’t going to say a word, but once I heard the Bill Of Rights and the Ground Rules I understood how we would be able to talk about all this stuff and gradually I was even able to ask questions of people I had been nervous to talk to up till now. Thank you for coming here. Thank you for listening to us, and thank you for allowing us to speak freely.
Thank you for coming to Myanmar and showing me the importance of mental health. Thank you so much for giving me confidence! I can’t forget you! I will always remember you!
Dear SalusWorld, Thank you so much for giving us, Myanmar, a chance to be exposed to and understand the importance of mental health. Thank you so much for giving us a chance to meet an amazing women psychologist, and to truly understand we are all human beings.
I have to admit I was a little disappointed after the first week when I found out you wouldn’t be giving us any food or money. I thought my problems were all about the things that I lost or that were destroyed during the attack. Later I found the pressure from other people in the community to be very stressful. Every week they would tell me I was wasting my time coming here because all we were doing was talking. To tell you the truth, they still tease me and try to talk me out of coming when I walk up that very road; but, I know that I feel better after I come here. It’s a place where I can talk about my problems and worries and I don’t care what they say anymore. You let me cry if I need to and nobody tells me to stop crying or to be strong.
We have been meeting together as widows since the crisis occurred last February. Just meeting together and praying has been very helpful and we all came to realize we weren’t alone. But, I have to tell you, that first day that young man came and sat in our midst and listened and cried with us was a day I will never forget. We don’t have many men caring or even looking at us anymore and when I saw the tears in his eyes I thought we had our own little private Jesus right here with us and if he could feel these things with us than other men in our families could learn too and then there was hope.
I really liked that part about the pain of missing a loved one. I feel that so strongly that sometimes I think I could die from the pain. My heart beats so hard it controls me and I waste all my energy trying to control it.
My Dear Salus, I wish you to have more and more success. Thanks for giving me an experience in basic mental health care and counseling. I would like to work together with you for my nation.
Even though I just discovered my husband, who has been missing for three years, is alive and well in the village, I know I am going to be OK. With the help of this group I realized I can now do a lot of things to help myself and even though it hurts to think he abandoned me I know it’s his problem, not mine. What I discovered with this group is that all I need to survive is already in me and I don’t need him here to meet my needs. I’d like to be able to tell him one thing: I’m not scared anymore.
Thank you for coming to our schools and asking these questions. Up until now it has been as if none of the grown ups have realized we were here too during the crisis and we have been affected. I saw many scary things and sometimes I can’t sleep at night because I am afraid of my dreams. Since you have been coming it feels like a release and it’s nice to know we have been remembered.
Counseling and mental health are so important to Myanmar. It helps to lessen our tears and find a way to save us from mental health problems.
Mental health is so important for everyone around the world. In Burma, want everyone to understand about the mental health and value their identity, each and every one.
This group has been so important for me. I find it’s a place I can go to cry and talk about things nobody else in my life wants to hear. I also discovered that many other women are suffering from the same things as me. Now I don’t feel so alone and I find myself looking forward to Tuesdays.
I don’t know how it works, but I like it here and I like to see my fellow group members around town. We never talk about what we talk about in here because we know how important the privacy rule is, but we just look at each other and we know.
It was so strange to watch that drama because a lot of what was performed is going on for me – what I mean is that I’m feeling so much stress and dreaming about the militia. My wife actually tells me that sometimes she wakes up and sees me crying in my sleep. I don’t know how you knew but it’s nice to know I’m not completely crazy. The counselor I meet let me talk about these memories freely, never judged me, and helped me find ways to solve my problems.
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