The Importance of Grandmothers in Treating Depression

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If nothing is going well, call your grandmother. – Italian Proverb

Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, according to the World Health Organization. Depression is the world’s leading cause of disability and it contributes to 800,000 suicides per year, the majority of which occur in developing countries. A new study shows that grandparents and grandchildren have real, measurable effects on each other’s psychological well-being long into grandchildren’s adulthood.

In this webinar, we highlight a case study from Zimbabwe where a psychiatrist Dr. Dixon Chibanda ingeniously devised a new way to tackle this issue with a bench and a team of 14 grandmothers. In 2017 alone, the Friendship Bench, as the program is called, helped over 30,000 people there. The method has been empirically vetted and have been expanded to countries beyond, including the US.

Chrysula Winegar from the United Nations Foundation will discuss this case study and the connections to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #3 – Health and Well Being (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages).

An experiential session of Heartfulness relaxation and meditation will also be conducted in the second half of the webinar. Relaxation and meditation is proven to treat and regulate feelings of depression and other mental health challenges. These can support long term medical treatment. Adding meditation and relaxation to your health regime – free of cost, and also availing a certified Heartfulness trainer’s services greatly improves the quality of life.

Speaker : Chrysula Winegar, is Senior Communications Director at the United Nations Foundation, and leads the New York office communications team as well as special initiatives including the Global Moms Challenge, Global Goals week and Social Good Summit. Previously she founded Wake Up World Communications, a digital communications agency focused on social action campaigns. Prior she worked in a variety of communications roles with organizations like Ernst & Young (London); Estee Lauder Companies (New York) and the Australian Export & Finance Corporation (Sydney). She holds a B. Economics from the University of Queensland and M.Sc Organizational Behavior from the University of London (Birkbeck). She is the mother of four children, ages 17, 15, 13 and 10.

Who Should Attend
Grandparents, parents, women, men, personnel working in Corporate Social Responsibility roles, anyone who wants to create the wisdom bridge among generations and people dealing with mental health challenges and looking for solutions.

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