Mercy Ships Celebrates World Mental Health Day

Mercy Ships Celebrates World Mental Health Day











Kids show what they’ve learned in the self esteem workshops.

Garden Valley, TX (Vocus) October 6, 2010

World Mental Health Day, promoted by The World Health Organization (WHO), is designed to raise public awareness about mental health issues. This special day promotes more open discussion of mental disorders, as well as investments in prevention and treatment services. The treatment gap for mental, neurological and substance use disorders is formidable … especially in resource-poor countries.

Mercy Ships is a global charity that operates the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, to deliver world-class health care to some of the world’s poorest countries. The organization has a thriving Mental Health Program that is trying to close the treatment gap by educating people in West Africa.

Mental health is defined as how we think, feel and act as we cope with life. The Mercy Ships Mental Health Program aims to restore hope and bring healing by providing basic counseling skills to health care workers, church leaders, teachers, social workers, corrections officers and many other community leaders. Teaching those skills will increase the availability of mental health resources and address issues of mental illness, epilepsy and trauma.

Dr. Lyn Westman, the Program Administrator, spends most of her time in the field teaching and coaching community leaders in the countries served by Mercy Ships. Mental Health is a problem that is rarely addressed in the developing world. The education provided by Dr. Westman is extremely useful and hard to find locally.

During the Mercy Ships Field Service to Togo, the Mental Health Team conducted a five-day camp for orphans and abused children. Before the camp began, a day of training was held to give an overview of the program to parents, teachers and caregivers.

Under the supervision of Dr. Westman, 31 children, ages 9-15, enjoyed a carefree week on the campus of L’Institution Privee La Prosperite, a Christian school near Lomè. All of the children who participated in the camp were either orphaned, abused, or from single-parent homes.

Working with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and the Ministry of Social Action and National Solidarity, the team placed the children into four groups, with three adult supervisors per group. Each day the children had two lessons to complete in addition to songs, games and Bible stories.

To help these traumatized children deal with the difficulties in their lives, the team leaders talked with them about Biblical principles – explaining that all children are special and that God loves them and has a plan for their lives. They all seemed to thrive on the loving attention they were getting.

All of the children were allowed to tell the stories of their lives, which helped them to alleviate stress. The campers were also taught how to protect themselves from abuse and how to set boundaries in their lives.

This particular outreach was funded by one of the Mercy Ships national offices in Europe. When the ship performs its Field Service in Sierra Leone next year, the team will operate a very similar children’s camp.

The kids’ camp was an excellent way for the Mercy Ships Mental Health Program to impact young people who are experiencing unique challenges. In everything they do, the Mental Health team strives to fulfill its mission of improving the availability of mental health resources to positively impact those who have lived through traumatic experiences.

About World Mental Health Day:

World Mental Health Day on 10 October raises public awareness about mental health issues. The Day promotes more open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention and treatment services. The treatment gap for mental, neurological and substance use disorders is formidable especially in resource-poor countries. Physical and mental health are intertwined. There is a real need to deal with mental health problems of people with chronic physical illnesses and for physical care of mental health consumers through a continued and integrated care.

About Mercy Ships:

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $ 808 million, impacting more than 2.5 million direct beneficiaries. Each year Mercy Ships has over 1,200 volunteers from over 40 nations. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Mercy Ships seeks to become the face of love in action, bringing hope and healing to the poor. For more information click on http://www.mercyships.org.

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Lord Elgin Hotel Celebrates Winterlude 2006

Lord Elgin Hotel Celebrates Winterlude 2006










Ottawa, ON (PRWEB) February 3, 2006

Every February, Canada’s Capital Region is host to Winterlude, North America’s greatest winter festival. Fun is waiting for the whole family: the Rideau Canal Skateway, magnificent snow and ice sculptures, energetic rhythms of Snowbowl and Snowflake Kingdom, the biggest snow playground on the continent.

Winterlude is more than a festival — it’s a celebration of Canada’s distinctive northern identity.

Skate on the world’s longest skating rink – right in the heart of Ottawa! Marvel at the glittering ice sculptures or take in a spectacular fire show. Our mascots, the Ice Hog Family, are waiting for you in Canada’s Capital Region.

The historic Lord Elgin Hotel each year is host to the hundreds of visitors coming to Ottawa to take part in this unique and exciting festival. With it’s setting, overlooking the Crystal Garden in Confederation Park and steps from the Rideau Canal, the world’s longest skating rink, the Lord Elgin is the ideal vantage point to take in the best of Winterlude.

Not only can you look out your window at the illuminated ice sculptures, but you can just cross the park to strap on your skates for a long skate, or wander up Elgin to enjoy some of the best restaurants and bars of Ottawa.

Over the first three weekends of February (Feb 3 – 19, 2006), thousands of visitors come from all over to take part in the fun. The Rideau Canal, steps from the Lord Elgin, is packed with people skating along the 9 kilometer skating lane between the Hartwell Locks and the Downtown area. Along the way there are snow sculptures, heated change rooms, huts selling “beavertails” and hot-chocolate, and special performances.

One of the key highlights of Winterlude is the 19th Edition of the Crystal Garden International Ice Carving Competition located across the Lord Elgin in Confederation Park. From Friday, February 3 at 11:30 am to Sunday, February 5 at noon, professional and amateur carvers from around the world put their talents to the test. Cast your vote and you could win a prize. Ice-carving masterpieces are illuminated starting February 5.

Or visit the Sun Life Ice Café at Dows Lake – a nostalgic icy retreat, featuring crystalline sculptures and snow carvings that recall Ottawa’s Victorian era. Costumed Figure skaters, Victorian choir, interpreters and sleigh rides recreate yesteryear. Plus, learn all about the building of the Rideau Canal.

The Snowflake Kingdom, located at Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau is the biggest snow playground in North America!

The Lord Elgin is also a participant in the Taste of Winterlude, a collaborative effort of the best of Ottawa’s Chefs. Many of the participating restaurants are within a short walk of the hotel. Lord Elgin hotel created numerous specials to help support all Winterlude festivities. Some of the Winterlude specials are:

Online Special – From $ 139 CAD per night

Winter Getaway Package for Two – From $ 199.00 CAD per night (1 night accommodation for two, skate rentals for two, buffet breakfast for two, coupons for shopping at the Rideau Centre and welcome gifts. A Winterlude map is available online at: http://www.ottawakiosk.com/winterludemap.pdf.

The Lord Elgin, built in 1941, is one of Ottawa’s landmark properties. Owned locally and privately, it has been completely refurbished, returning it to it’s classic and elegant roots, as a place for leaders and decision maker to meet and stay. Visit our web site to see updates for hotel discounts, vacation packages and romantic weekend getaways for Ottawa’s premier hotel. To learn more about Lord Elgin hotel, visit http://www.lordelginhotel.ca or call 1-800-267-4298. Lord Elgin is proudly managed by Atlific Hotels & Resorts, http://www.atlific.com/.

Contact:

Ann Meelker

Director of Sales & Marketing

LORD ELGIN HOTEL

PH: 613-235-3333 ext 152

http://www.lordelginhotel.ca

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David Lloyd Raynes Park Celebrates Tennis Victory

David Lloyd Raynes Park Celebrates Tennis Victory










London (PRWEB UK) 12 August 2011

David Lloyd Leisure’s Raynes Park club is celebrating championship success after its young tennis players won a prestigious national league competition

The club won the 14s and under boys’ category in the AEGON Team Tennis finals, held recently at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton – narrowly defeating David Lloyd Leisure Southampton club’s team.

The victors comprised Nick Nugent, Omari Owens-Maxwell, Paul Monczakowski, Freddie McGeehan and Alex Roszkowski, led by coach Ronnie Maxwell.

David Lloyd Raynes Park was one of five winning teams representing Europe’s premier racquets, health and fitness group, who qualified from the South-East. David Lloyd Raynes Park was also runner-up in the 12s and under boys’ contest.

The success follows the victory of David Lloyd Raynes Park men’s team in the finals of the AEGON Team Tennis tournament, held in Bournemouth. The squad included several current and former world-ranked players.

They were David Rice, Marcus Willis, Jamie Feaver, James Marsalek, Lee Childs, Neil Bamford, Tom Burn, Colin Beecher, James Lloyd, Tim Patient, Matt Leahy, Glen Kumah Minta and captain Johnny Barr.

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For further information about this press release, contact Anna-Marie Muldowney on 01707 289833 or email press(at)davidlloyd(dot)co(dot)uk

About David Lloyd Leisure Group

The David Lloyd Leisure Group operates 79 clubs in the UK and a further 10 clubs across Europe.

David Lloyd Leisure has over 450,000 members and employs 6,000 people. This includes an expert health and fitness team of over 1,800 and contracts the services of more than 400 tennis professionals.

Across all clubs, David Lloyd Leisure has over 150 swimming pools (of which half are indoor) and offers over 10,000 exercise classes per week. Every week 20,000 children learn to swim at David Lloyd Leisure and 14,000 learn to play tennis.

Its racquets facilities are unparalleled with 700 tennis courts as well as 180 badminton courts and 140 squash courts. Additional facilities include health and beauty spas, club lounges with free internet access, crèches, nurseries and specialist sports shops.

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