Emotional Wellness – It also involves being attentive to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, whether positive or negative. Emotional Wellness implies the ability to be aware of and accept our feelings, rather than deny them, have an optimistic approach to life, and enjoy life despite its occasional disappointments and frustrations. Today we look at emotional support for the emotional wellness .
A while back I attended a SEN (Special Education Needs) differently abled week presentation at St Christopher’s Schools at the invite of my good friend. I had my expectations but the expectations was nothing like the experience first-hand. There was a presentation of the activities the children were involved in during the week which was presented to the whole school. The kids response was overwhelming but after they had left, it was time for the parents, guardians and teachers to meet. Most attendees were parents/guardians of children with special needs. We had a small practical where one subject(me) was blind, another had one arm and another no arms at all. We were to do something most of us do without even thinking twice about it. Getting bread and buttering it. It wasn’t a simple task for all of us and yet this is what people living with disability go through every day.
As the discussions continued , there was a presentation by one of the SEN teachers about how to interact with children with special needs for the teachers, parents and those around it. Here it is – Presentation ST.C. At the end of it all, it was a good thing the parents got to interact with each other and the teachers and not just for knowing each other but for support. The emotional support of fellow parents/guardians experiencing an almost or similar experience is very much required. It brings a wellness that most of us ignore- emotional wellness. Creating a support for those in need is very much needed for the parents and child’s wellbeing. Talk therapy works wonders for the physical and emotional wellness.
Another support I want to address is one of women are still mothers. I attended the launch of #StillAMum this month and like the rest of us realised there is no support for these mothers.
They had a panel consisting of a gynecologist, a counselor as well as two people who have dealt with miscarriages. Some of the issues discussed include:
- Miscarriages: causes, types and what to do to prevent a miscarriage
- Grieving after loss
- How family members, friends, co-workers and community can support people dealing with loss
- The man’s perspective; grieving, supporting your wife/girlfriend.
The event and site is for anyone touched by perinatal grief — you can be the mom of baby no longer here, a father, brother, sister, aunt, grandmother/father, friend — anyone — we want you to raise your voice.
Still A Mum creates a space for yourself, your family and friends to feel connected to anyone touched directly or indirectly by perinatal grief. Dedicated to breaking the silence and stigma, we will work together to raise awareness, support each other and show the true impact perinatal loss and grief can affect our lives.
For parents/guardians who have children with special needs support group:
Facebook: Stepping Stones (Kenya)
For mothers who have lost their loved ones, support group:
Facebook: Still A Mum