Bali fundraising

aysha shafiq Start Date: Oct 27, 2017 - End Date: Jul 26, 2018
  • Bali, Indonesia

My Travel Story

by: aysha shafiq Start Date: Oct 27, 2017 - End Date: Jul 26, 2018

In July 2018 I will be embarking on a Mental Health Placement in Bali with SLV. The organisation works to help people with mental health problems in Bali and Sri Lanka. In addition, it allows people like myself to gain invaluable experience and develop skills in the clinical field of psychology. I believe, I will be able to help and spread an optimistic attitude to those suffering.

I chose Bali out of all the places, because there is a deficiency in programmes to aid those who need the support and a severe lack of psychiatrists, compared to individuals who are suffering. The lack of availability of resources and support means many people go left untreated, neglected and suffering from psychological conditions and discrimination. 

This opportunity means, I will be able to help individuals with mental health problems. I have chosen a mental health placement as it ties in not only with my current career goals but also my personal goals. As a child and a westernised teenager with an asian cultural background, I have grown up with the stigma attached to those whom are mentally ill as being: 'dangerous', 'not right in the head' and 'weird'. Further, mental health is a huge area which is looked down upon and and shunned in the asian culture, thus volunteering in Bali will help me understand the stigma attached and how we can overcome this as a community together.

Our typical day over the 4 weeks will involve working in a psychiatric hospital, with those who have special needs and participating in youth teaching projects teaching English to those who may have needed to travel miles for our help. Workshops and projects will include interactive activities, creative thinking and integration to encourage acceptance and exploration of emotions in a non-confronting way. This will be done through using knowledge of psychology, causes and treatments which can all be made specific to the particular individual.

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU for anything given, any donation big or small is welcomed. I’m so grateful for this opportunity and it is an extremely worthwhile cause for those in Bali and also helping me immensely in my future endeavours within clinical psychology.
  • Bali, Indonesia