According to the World Health Organization, approximately 450,000,000 souls throughout our global village are suffering from some form of a mental disorder. Studies performed in the United Kingdom, the European Union and the United States point out that between 10-15 percent of employed individuals will deal with some kind of mental health problem during their working life. On Monday, October 10, 2016, institutions, organizations and individuals in more than 150 nations throughout our global village will observe World Mental Health Day under the theme “Psychological First Aid.” One of the objectives of 2016 World Mental Health Day is to explore pragmatic ways in which psychological support can be administered by educators, health staff personnel, law enforcement officers, firemen, or community workers.
For the world’s 10,000,000 souls throughout our global village who are incarcerated, years and decades of institutionalization inflicts deeply embedded psychological, emotional and spiritual wounds. The unique mental health issues and needs of incarcerated souls, for the most part, go untreated by health care professionals at correctional facilities. Upon their release, incarcerated souls return to families and communities, which may also be emotionally, psychologically and spiritually toxic. On World Mental Health Day, Gateway To Re-Entry under the leadership of its CEO, Mr. Tracey L. Fisher, is calling for the establishment of a mandatory two-tiered “psychological debriefing,” initiative which would provide incarcerated individuals, upon their release, with essential tools to heal their psychological, emotional, and spiritual wounds. At the same time, the initiative would simultaneously provide family members and loved ones of incarcerated souls with the essential tools needed to administer “psychological first aid.”
“Everyone who has been to prison should undergo psychological debriefing. The incarcerated and formally incarcerated are in desperate need of psychological, emotional and spiritual first aid. In the same manner that parole and probation officers are assigned to each individual who has been incarcerated, a psychiatrist also should and must be assigned to them. Their ability to have their deeply embedded psychological, spiritual and emotional wounds healed is key to successfully navigating the arduous journey to reintegration and redemption,” declares Mr. Fisher.
Mr. Fisher, who is heralded as the United States’ “Face Of Re-Entry,” is not just talking about the need for administration of ‘”psychological first aid” to the 10,000,000 incarcerated souls throughout our global village. He has crafted “psychological first aid” tools for the incarcerated and their family members and loved ones—“Ten Steps To Re-Entry”™—a ten-step module for healing and reintegration and the “Ten Steps To Re-Entry”™ Pledge. Through his book, Mental Mentoring: (The Art Of Universal Mentoring): A Journey Into The Development Of Mental Mentoring, Fisher helps incarcerated souls address the emotional baggage which placed them on a path to prison, that, if not resolved, will plunge them into the deep dark abyss of recidivism.
For further information about World Mental Health Day, visit the World Health Organization’s website.
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