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World Mental Health Day Virtual Mini Retreat 2022

8 October 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Wellness Universe World Mental Health Day Virtual Mini Retreat featuring 7 wellness professionals, each with a talk and self-care tool for your mental wellness.

When: LIVE Saturday October 8th, 11:00am -1:30pm Eastern Time
Where: The Wellness Universe Lounge
Cost: Free/Donation-based

During 15-minute talks, each expert shares educational, inspirational information and a self-care experience/exercise for you to participate in and utilize in your daily practice for your best mental well-being.
(Taken from WHO website)

October 10th is World Mental Health Day. The objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

World Mental Health Day 2022: Make mental health & well-being for all a global priority.

Whilst the pandemic has, and continues to, take its toll on our mental health, the ability to reconnect through World Mental Health Day 2022 will provide us with an opportunity to re-kindle our efforts to protect and improve mental health.

Many aspects of mental health have been challenged; and already before the pandemic in 2019 an estimated one in eight people globally were living with a mental disorder. At the same time, the services, skills and funding available for mental health remain in short supply, and fall far below what is needed, especially in low and middle income countries.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a global crisis for mental health, fueling short- and long-term stresses and undermining the mental health of millions. Estimates put the rise in both anxiety and depressive disorders at more than 25% during the first year of the pandemic. At the same time, mental health services have been severely disrupted and the treatment gap for mental health conditions has widened.

Growing social and economic inequalities, protracted conflicts, violence and public health emergencies affect whole populations, threatening progress towards improved well-being; a staggering 84 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced during 2021. We must deepen the value and commitment we give to mental health as individuals, communities and governments and match that value with more commitment, engagement and investment by all stakeholders, across all sectors. We must strengthen mental health care so that the full spectrum of mental health needs is met through a community-based network of accessible, affordable and quality services and supports.

Stigma and discrimination continue to be a barrier to social inclusion and access to the right care; importantly, we can all play our part in increasing awareness about which preventive mental health interventions work and World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to do that collectively. We envision a world in which mental health is valued, promoted and protected; where everyone has an equal opportunity to enjoy mental health and to exercise their human rights; and where everyone can access the mental health care they need.

WHO will work with partners to launch a campaign around the theme of Making Mental Health & Well-Being for All a Global Priority. This will be an opportunity for people with mental health conditions, advocates, governments, employers, employees and other stakeholders to come together to recognize progress in this field and to be vocal about what we need to do to ensure Mental Health & Well-Being becomes a Global Priority for all.

Campaign slogan: Make mental health & well-being for all a global priority
Hashtag #WorldMentalHealthDay

Here are our experts:

Anna Pereira, CEO of The Wellness Universe is your moderator

Leah Skurdal, Resilience Guide
Talk: 3 Ways to Reset the Vagus Nerve for Improved Mental Wellbeing
Tool: Guided Imagery to reset the parasympathetic nervous system
Bio: Leah Skurdal, keynote speaker, event leader, workshop presenter, and author guides professionals to nurture a resilient body-mind, improve their relationships, and respond to change with agility.

Marisa Ferrera, Women’s Empowerment Coach & Mentor/Connection Practice Certified Coach & Trainer
Talk: Releasing Past Wounds
Tool: Self Inquiry/Journaling Exercise: 5 Step Process for working through 1 painful past memory so it can be released, opening the door to experiencing more peace, love and joy.
Bio: Marisa is a #1 best selling author whose passion is to empower women to authentically express themselves and create healthy boundaries so they can experience deeper connections and harmonious family relationships.

Jennifer Whitacre Gardner, Trauma Specialist, Empowerment Strategist, and Shadow Guide
Talk: Collective Consciousness and Resonance
Tool: Resonance Meditation Practice
Bio: Jennifer is a Trauma Specialist and Shadow Guide. She uses science-backed and physiology-based strategies along with innate abilities to help clients address and overcome impediments to their progress.

Debbie Prediger, Empowerment Coach and Business Strategist
Talk: Choose Calm
Tool: AURA : awareness, understanding, reset, and action/anchor
Bio: Debbie is a keynote speaker, international best-selling author, event coordinator and retreat leader, workshop facilitator, program presenter and empowerment coach for wellness professionals.

David McLeod, Certified Master Life Coach
Talk: Embracing Your Holistic Nature
Tool: Holistic Light Breath: A powerful tool for introspection, awareness, healing, and integration
Bio: David McLeod, Certified Master Life Coach, best-selling author, Holistic Life Coaching PhD and Spiritual Counseling DD shares wisdom, insights, and expertise to empower people globally to become true Masters of their lives.

Nicole Batiste, Title Mindfulness Educator, Transcendence Catalyst, & Inner Empowerment Life Wellness Coach
Talk: Create New Rules – Mastering Your Eating Habits for Wellbeing
Tool: Pre-Empt The Salesman
Bio: Nicole helps women recognize and release past failures, pains, and outdated subconscious programming so they are equipped to create the life they want using nutritional, spiritual, & science-based tools.

Carolyn McGee, Sacred Haven Living and Intuition Expert
Talk: Centering for Connection and Clarity
Tool: Heaven and Earth Sacred Heart Connection
Bio: Helps women break patterns to understand relationships to themselves, others, money, spirit. Guides trusting intuition, making empowered decisions, taking inspired action. TV and podcast host, speaker, author, and blogger.

Disclaimer from The Wellness Universe: This program may offer health, wellness, and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional. Do not disregard, avoid, or delay obtaining medical or health-related advice from your healthcare professional because of something you may have read, heard, watched here. The use of any information provided in this program is solely at your own risk.

Developments in medical research may impact the health, wellness, fitness, and nutritional advice that may be shared here. No assurances can be given that the information contained in this program will always include the most relevant findings or developments with respect to the particular material.

The experts in the program are sharing tools, practices, and knowledge with you with a sincere and generous intent to assist you on your health and wellness journey. Please contact them with any questions you may have about the techniques or information they provided. They will be happy to assist you further!


8 October 2022
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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