The KZN Institute for Healing Memories recently held an enlightening community healing workshop in Chatsworth. Attendees included seniors from the Golden Oldies Club at the Montford Community Hall. Members of the Mariannridge community also participated.
This workshop created a safe space for participants to freely share their understanding of “mental health”, substance abuse and substance abuse as older adults.
Organizers explored in more detail the signs and some of the root causes, as well as the different types of addiction and the impact it has on individuals, families, communities and the country as a whole.
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Moving forward, the group thought about ways to break these harmful cycles. A minute of silence was observed to commemorate all those affected, directly or indirectly, by the above societal issues and for the lives lost as a result.
A number of participants also dressed in black as part of the global movement called “Thursdays in Black” by the World Council of Churches.
“We would like to thank all the participants, who made meaningful contributions and attended the workshop. We all need healing because of what we have done, what has been done to us and what we have failed to do,” said members of the organization.