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Need: pscho social support?

MDG's picture

UgandaMDG

Thank you so much to the world pulse team for the amazing work and journeys that you have brought to our door steps, lap tops, phones and ears just by clicking on the wonderful link.

The experiences shared by the women and gallant men on world pulse have to varying degrees, invoked me to anger, tears, frustration, sorrow and also in equal measure happiness, victory, serenity, joy as a result of the depth of the pain, violence, injustices, trauma, biases and the triumphs, patience, learning, victory of the authors in the experiences shared. However one question kept cropping up in my mind whenever i would read one of the more gruesome stories and i find myself raising this question here.

The stories that have been told and even those untold depict a lot of pain, hurt, grieving on the part of those that have experienced varied cruel injustices at the hands of their families, communities and governments, I totally agree that speaking up is a monumental step to healing, seeking support, learning and fighting back, however the deep rooted scars sometimes have a way of cracking open later if the wounds were not truly healed and this is why i have been pondering on this issue of provision of some form of psycho social support for the travelers on world pulse, some of whom might not have boldly spoken up or had the opportunity to speak to the amazing women with similar experiences on world pulse.

So is there a way some form of psycho social support, counseling can be provided or programmed into the network or a link provided to the women to talk to a professional counselor.

cheers, thanks, looking forward to your response on this.

MDG

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Aminah's picture

A great thought

You are correct about the healing process. It's a healing to speak up about the atrocities one had been put through, but that in itself is not enough.
My personal experience tell me that at points in my life I had been able to forgive and let go and move on... to be stopped again at some other point with much more pain - when the scars cracks open, the pain in the heart becomes unbearable.
I guess it needs to be addressed properly for a meaningful healing. So far I have not found how to do it.

But yes, building in some sort of counseling support into this network might be something worthwhile pursuing.

Salaam
Aminah

mrbeckbeck's picture

So important, great idea

You're so right. Thank you for pointing this out, it's an important missing piece.

Sometimes our community members are called upon to be informal counselors in a way. By being active, compassionate Listeners we are supporting healing with our comments. However, there are limits to our abilities. Sometimes it takes a level of professional training to know how to respond appropriately, to help move beyond the grief, fear, pain and suffering.

Also too, I see that as we're reading these stories, we need support too. We need to know how to be able to handle reading these traumas without taking the pain on ourselves. This is a skill I personally need to build... it's painful to read about pain so often, you know?

So, in the community here we have a few professional counselors, or trained therapists. But, maybe we can organize them into a list, or they can respond to this thread with their expertise. It is a big need, so thank you for clearing naming it here. We are looking into finding more support in this realm and building the community in this way.

Best,

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Volunteer

MDG's picture

List of professional therapists

Dear Scott beck,

thank you for your feedback sometime back on the issue of provision of professional counselors on World Pulse.
I have been away from World Pulse for some time, missed it and have returned. However would love to know if the list of professional counselors was shared or if some progress was made on this.

thanks.

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