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Jars Education Group | Promoting Mental wellness in Africa

Join the Movement: Trauma Care is Community Care

1 in 3 individuals experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. Trauma accounts for a significant portion of these cases. Whether from the toxic stresses of economic recession, political upheavals, wars, communal conflicts, rape, kidnappings, human trafficking, gender-based violence, domestic abuse, or disability, trauma knows no boundaries, affecting individuals of all ages, genders, and backgrounds.

The implications of untreated trauma are persistent, prevalent and pervasive, extending far beyond the realm of mental health. It can erode relationships, hinder academic and professional success, and perpetuate cycles of poverty and inequality.

Furthermore, trauma survivors are at increased risk of physical health problems, including chronic pain, cardiovascular disease, and autoimmune disorders, highlighting the interconnectedness of mind and body. Access to affordable quality mental health care becomes paramount, offering a lifeline to those grappling with the aftermath of trauma and paving the way towards a brighter, more resilient future.

We believe that healing happens when we come together. That is why we started the Mental Health awareness campaign tagged Trauma Care is Community Care and incorporated a community-oriented trauma awareness walk. The Jars Education's annual Traumatic Stress Awareness Walk is more than just an event – it's a powerful statement that trauma care is a collective responsibility, a reminder that no one should suffer alone. It is a powerful reminder that trauma is beatable and treatable.

This year, our theme is Moving Together for Trauma Care. Moving our bodies offers a release of trauma stored as memories in our bodies. There also needs to be movement to create a collective that can make a difference.

In that light of movement and togetherness to break the stigma surrounding mental health challenges and bring hope and light to the scourge of traumatic stress, the walk is being coordinated in various locations across Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Locations include:

  • Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • Kaduna, Nigeria
  • Rivers, Nigeria
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Tigray, Ethiopia
  • London, United Kingdom
  • California, United States, and more locations are being added.

Join Jars Education's Trauma Awareness Walk starting from May 23rd – 25th, 2024 to be part of a collective turning trauma whispers into shouts of resilience. Your participation fuels the transformation. With each stride, you empower communities to embrace trauma awareness in care and service delivery, lifting the veil of stigma and offering hope where there was once despair.

What does the Walk entail:

  1. A 20 – 30 mins |1.5 miles | 2 Km distance (feel free to increase the distance as led and comfortable if there is a consensus in a smaller group)
  2. Banners | Placards - for messaging
  3. Sharing info packets
  4. Lots of fun, walking, dancing, taking pictures
  5. Ending the walk with an info session/advocacy visit

By participating in the Awareness Walk or coordinating any one of our awareness programs in your location, you will become part of a global community united in support, advocacy, and action.

How to Get Involved

1. Register for the Walk

Join us in your city/town/community and take a stand against the invisible wounds of trauma. Registration is free, but your presence will make a world of difference.

2. ⁠Purchase the Campaign T-Shirt

Wear your support proudly with our iconic "Trauma Care is Community Care" t-shirt. Each purchase directly funds the training of trauma care practitioners, ensuring affordable and accessible support for those in need. If you buy Tshirts from our site, delivery is for Lagos, Nigeria only However, you can download the design for a token to print at your location.

3. ⁠Make a Donation

Your generous contribution will empower Jars Education to expand their Traumatic Stress Institute and Asake Wellness Clinics across the continent providing life-changing training, resources and services to communities affected by trauma.

Together, we can create a world where healing is within reach for all! Join the movement today and be part of the change you wish to see.