In times like these, it is important to celebrate the wins. Our victories, whether small or large, can play a positive part in maintaining mental health every day.
By Tim Burton, Global Communications, The Leprosy Mission International
The Integrated Mobilisation of People for Active Community Transformation project has a long name. But it stands for IMPACT. This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). The project team help people recover from leprosy. They create sustainable livelihoods and increase inclusion in society.
When Shavaram’s wife learned she had leprosy, it ended in tragedy… but you give hope that her story will not be repeated.
This October 10th we observe World Suicide Prevention Day. Mental health has been in our hearts and prayers this year. Many people are experiencing anxiety, depression and worse. Tragically, people affected by leprosy are among those most vulnerable to suicide. They face discrimination, forced isolation, and abuse because of how misunderstood leprosy is.
When leprosy interrupts lives, your prayers and support help provide patients with hope for the future and with the care that they need. Thank you for taking precious time out of your day, to draw aside and pray for people affected by leprosy.
You may have noticed that The Leprosy Mission Australia supports many projects with Self-Help Groups (SHG)s. A SHG is a term loosely used to describe a group of people in the community who come together to address a common problem.