SHINE will be an opportunity for individuals and organisations working in the Nottingham area to come together to share information and ideas about what is going on across the city to prevent and alleviate mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, depression and isolation. As well as that, it promises to be a great deal of fun with the chance to try out all kinds of activities! You might enjoy a Tai Chi taster or join in a meditation, you might watch a dance or talk to an artist or poet, you might find out about the benefits of reflexology or aroma therapy. There will be stalls, speakers and activities for children. There will be a 'mass meditation' starting at 12.05.
I was recently talking to a very senior consultant physician. When he discovered that I'm training as a psychotherapist, he first of all confessed that all his training, background and instincts were 'firmly in the biological sciences'. Test out therapies and only use those that can be scientifically and rationally proven. He then went on (uninvited and therefore the more convincing!) to say that, however, he had come to appreciate the 'talking therapies' as he put it. He even went on to cite some studies he had made that showed that they were beneficial in reducing blood pressure in patients with persistent hypertension. He was now increasingly open to careful use of therapies that complement scientifically-based western medicine.
The great thing about the World Health Innovation Summit movement is that it seeks to do precisely that; to bring alongside standard medical, nursing and social care the resources of other approaches to wholeness and well-being. The World Health Organisation determines health on the basis of social and economic environment, the physical environment and a person's individual characteristics and behaviours. This latter category encompasses genetic, physiological, mental and spiritual factors. WHIS work by
'bringing patients, clinicians, managers, voluntary sector, education and businesses together to exchange knowledge, inspire and innovate together.' Their website states,