The Coronavirus has affected thousands of people worldwide with the number of confirmed deaths and infections increasing daily.
This unprecedented global crisis has seen governments institute lockdown measures across contents to contain the spread of this highly infectious virus in an attempt to save lives.
For the first time, the mental health of all people are affected in some way or the other. Lockdown periods have been extended in many countries as great attempts to flatten the curve continues limiting physical movement and contact. We see each other from behind our masks with our smiles hidden.
Physical distancing and lockdown has limited our ability see friends, family and colleagues while our daily routine has changed in ways we could never have imagined. The impact of lockdown has caused heightened anxiety, fear, isolation and uncertainty.
This has resulted in extraordinary mental health challenges as citizens experience insurmountable levels of stress which continue to rise. Everyone is affected and no-one escapes the impact on our mental health yet we often suffer in silence.
Despite the turbulent situation there is hope and comfort in the fact that we are not in this alone.
Hope rises when ordinary folks – who are not famous and have no wish to be famous – come together to make a difference in the lives of those most affected by the lockdown measures, infections and families who have lost loved ones. VR-20 a collective of business leaders, social entrepreneurs and artists with a passion for mental health will simulcast a fundraising live music event on 2nd May 2020 across multiple social media platforms to keep people in isolation motivated and moving.
They have come alongside the World Federation for Mental Health to assist us to provide mental health support to the most worthy grassroots projects around the world during this crisis and extreme moment in our lives. VR-20 have chosen the World Mental Health Federation to be there charity of choice, along with the Coronavirus Relief Fund (Global Giving).
A full roster of fairly big House DJs and singers to fill 12 hours, including a 2hour VIP after party. VR-20 intend to monetise the event by selling tickets for a digital key to unlock the after party and through the sale of event T shirts. All profits from these sales will be distributed 50:50 between the two charities.
Access to the main event will be free to allow as many of the public to benefit from what is intended to be an uplifting and inclusive experience. They will broadcast across EMEA; India and the Americas.
Members of the public joining the event will be able to donate to the charities through all of the user platforms.
Dr Daniels, President of the World Federation for Mental health says, “We are in this together and together we can make a profound difference in helping people to “move” and enjoy a great mental
health moment during lockdown while engaging in the live music event across multiple social media platforms on 2nd May 2020 while the funding received will support deserving organisations provide mental health service during COVID-19. Every contribution will assist us ensure that the mental health of people in dire circumstance are supported. It is a time for compassion for others and compassion for ourselves – we shall overcome”.
For more information visit World Federation for Mental Health – wfmh. global
About the World Federation for Mental Health:
WFMH is an international membership organisation founded in 1948 to advance, among all peoples and nations, the prevention of mental and emotional disorders, the proper treatment and care of those with such disorders, and the promotion of mental health.
The mission of the World Federation for Mental Health is to promote the advancement of mental health awareness, prevention of mental disorders, advocacy, and best practice recovery focused interventions worldwide.