BMC will partner with Kiliminjaro Initiative beginning in January 2019 to provide Group Therapy for Women in Kibera, Nairobi’s largest informal settlement. This program aims to provide 20 young women between the ages of 19 and 35 years of age with vocational, leadership, financial and life skills training so that they can set up two businesses that will not only generate income but also make them role models within the community. The understanding and self-belief the young women will gain from the psycho-social support will allow them to assist with mental health-based forums and provide further outreach amongst other young women in Kibera. The project will aim to affect the lives of 140 young women in its first year and with its sustainable approach. The initial funds will not only establish a benchmark program in Kibera, it hopes to provide a model for other women in Nairobi and in other parts of Africa.
BMC is extending its activities to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, starting in November 2018 with a Training Workshop on the use of Expressive Arts and the BodyMind Approach for Conflict Prevention in Schools. The workshop will be organized by the Goethe Institute Cairo and facilitated by BeautifulMind. For more information, contact email@example.com
BeautifulMind is piloting a project on Conflict Transformation, Mediation and Mental Health in Schools in partnership with Dr. Doris Weiss, Licensed Mediator (Vienna). The pilot will be launched in September 2018 at the International School of Geneva, drawing on previous trainings on Conflict Resolution and Violence Prevention and incorporating an Adolescent Mental Health perspective. Student Leaders will be trained as future Conflict Mediators, to be supervised and certified to share experiences in their school and at other campuses. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for the JENGA VI Workshop, to be held in Nairobi in February 2019, entitled: “Relationships, Sexuality and Gender”. Click here to register for the JENGA VI Workshop or contact us at email@example.com for more information. Click here for more information about the previous JENGA Workshops and the Roundtable Discussion in Kampala which was the birth of JENGA and BeautifulMind.
The BMC/JENGA Team was invited to the Fifth Global Summit on Mental Health in Johannesberg in January 2018. As part of the Scientific Committee, we facilitated several panel discussions, including Mental Health of Youth and Creativity and Mental Health. A side event on the BodyMind Approach to Well-being was held in collaboration with SmartMove (Bangalore) including a theoretical session led by Brinda Wachs (BMC) and an interactive session led by Brinda Jacob-Janvrin (SmartMove). Click here for the Final Programme of the GMH Summit. [Read more…] about BeautifulMind goes to Johannesberg
BMC training workshops impart useful skills for MHPSS practitioners, such as the The BodyMind Approach to Well-Being and the use of Play Therapy, SandPlay, Guided Imagery in Music, Authentic Movement and more. BMA + X-Arts supports the notion of an integrated approach to mental health and well-being that takes the whole body/mind system of the individual into consideration. When we expressive ourselves with body and mind (including through dance, movement, drawing, painting, sculpture, dreamwork, writing, poetry…) we can find psychic balance and learn how to regulate our emotions for a more holistic and grounded sense of well-being. Click here for more info on the BMA + X-Arts.
BeautifulMind offers a unique approach to MHPSS that is focused on the individual, the community and the family. We draw on local and indigenous practices with therapeutic value, e.g. to address depression, anxiety, mourning and grief, family conflicts, etc.