SLV Global Bali 2018 - Georgie Shawcross

Georgie Shawcross Start Date: Apr 3, 2018 - End Date: Sep 19, 2018
  • Bali, Indonesia

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by: Georgie Shawcross Start Date: Apr 3, 2018 - End Date: Sep 19, 2018
Hi everyone, as some of you may know I have been given an amazing opportunity to complete a 4 week mental health placement in Bali, September 2018. As a psychology graduate (come July), I’m desperate for hands on experience to help those with mental health problems and this is the perfect opportunity to do so.

As this is an unpaid placement, I will be fundraising to help contribute to my placement fee of £1300. To help raise money for my funds I will be climbing the highest mountain in England and Wales, Mount Snowdon this summer. I will also be giving part of the money I raise to ChildLine.

What is SLV?

SLV aims to help individuals abroad living with mental illness in cultures were resources are scarce, focusing on global mental health and giving volunteers work experience in communities which need extra support.

Despite Bali being an incredible setting it will not be a holiday as it involves a lot of hard work…

From one of the primary psychiatric hospitals in Indonesia to government run schools for children with specific needs, I will be working with a wide variety of service users from all backgrounds, ages and abilities to help promote positive mental health. I will gain a high amount of hands-on experience working on various projects such as teaching children English to build self-esteem and coming up with creative activities to help those at varying stages of recovery from things like trauma or brain damage.

Why is this important to me?

Mental ill health represents up to 23% of the total burden of ill health, and is the single largest cause of disability in the UK. With myself and people I know struggling with their mental health in the past or currently, it is something I have grown increasingly aware of and determined to prevent. Working to promote positive mental health is therefore something I want to do in the future and working with SLV will be a perfect first step to gain experience in the field. 

There is a distinct lack of understanding about mental health issues in Bali and very few facilities in which people can seek treatment if they need it. To think I may be able to help even one person would mean the world to me!

Why do I need help?

Any donations at all, whether big or small, will be highly appreciated and make a huge difference. Donations will help me with my placement fee of £1300 and more importantly help contribute to keep SLV community projects going and allow me to help make a difference to those who need help in Bali!

Thank you very much!!!
  • Bali, Indonesia