Baha’is abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset for 19 days. While this abstention from food and drink is a test of one’s will and discipline, the Fast is not just about abstaining from food. The Fast is, primarily, a spiritual practice.
Baha’is see the young as the most precious treasure a community can possess. In them are the promise and guarantee of the future. Yet, in order for this promise to be realised, children need to receive spiritual nourishment, such as can be found in the children’s classes happening all around the world.
At some point in our lives, we all suffer from illnesses of the body or the mind and we face tests and difficulties. This collection highlights resources dedicated to physical and spiritual health and well-being, healing, resilience and overcoming challenges.
In this Baha’i Blog interview, Sonjel speaks with Laura Hedayati, a clinical psychologist who specializes in child, adolescent and family mental health. Laura is joining us from Nowra, two hours south of Sydney.
In this interview we talk about how to foster resilience in children, how children’s classes and junior youth spiritual empowerment groups can promote mental health, and what we can do to aid the mental wellbeing of our children.
You can also listen to or download the audio of this talk on Baha’i Blog’s Soundcloud page:
This interview was conducted as part of Mental Health Month. National Mental Health Month is an initiative of the Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) that runs every October. It aims to advocate for and promote better mental health across the country. This year Baha’i Blog is taking part by sharing articles, videos, interviews and more.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please know that you are not alone. Help is close at hand. Call the Lifeline Helpline for support at 13 11 14 or 000 if you are facing an emergency.
In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.