“DEPRESSION : A GLOBAL CRISIS”
World Mental Health Day is a significant event to the Human Rights Office Kandy in its commitment to seek justice and provide the utmost care for survivors of violence. Our survivor groups celebrated the World Mental Health Day on the 5th of October at St. Mary’s Church Hall, Ampitiya. There were around 125 participants for the program.
The theme for the year 2012 is “Depression: A Global Crisis”. Depression is basically a mental state. It has been estimated that a population of 350 million suffers from depression. A research conducted in 17 countries, in the year 2011 has revealed that 1 out of 20 suffer from depression. The theme is of massive importance to our celebration, since many among us have fallen victim to different forms of violence, and have thereafter succumbed to depression. It is indeed mandatory to understand that this mental state is precipitated by various forms of violence and be aware of the treatment available for depression. The objective of the celebration is to raise awareness on depression as a mental state which is curable as well as preventive, both before and after succumbing into depressive state.
Meaningful songs, soul soothing music, and visuals are therapeutic to the mind and uplift the soul. The visual presentation embodied and generated peace of mind and the Puja dance invoked the blessings of the Deities on the participants.
With great pleasure the Human rights Office and the survivor group presented the publication “In Tune with the Rhythm of the Cosmos”. The magazine based on the thematic concern of the year’s World Mental Health Day is a part of our endeavor to prevent depression among us. The president of the Families of the disappeared presented the magazine with the hope and wish that the useful and inspiring articles in the magazine may guide us towards a positive outlook which in turn would pave the way to overcome all challenges and obstacles that may fall in our life’s path.
At the culmination of the day’s program Mr. Senarath the coordinator of the Families of the Disappeared delivered the vote of thanks. At the end of the day’s celebrations the participants enjoyed the lunch provided for them and returned to their homes with refreshed and reinvigorated mind, heart and spirit.