In the pursuit of realizing Gordon McInally’s visionary goals for Rotary International in 2023-2024, Rotaract Europe has undertaken a profound mission to bring hope to individuals grappling with mental health challenges, particularly those intensified by the devastating impacts of wars and natural disasters.
Environmental Stewardship for Mental Wellness
ERIC’s focus extends beyond addressing the symptoms of mental illnesses, to proactively preventing the root causes, with particular emphasis on Climate Change and Environmental issues. To foster a climate-friendly organization, we invite every Rotaract Club to join our Become Sustainable – Every Club Climate Friendly initiative, an integral step toward creating a positive impact on our environment.
Advocacy for Peace: United for Peace
Recognizing war as another significant contributor to mental health issues, ERIC is committed to equipping Europe with essential information to empower individuals to make a difference. The United for Peace page remains our main source of truth. In a joint effort with Rotaract Mediterranean (MED), we have submitted a heartfelt letter to Rotary International, in order for Rotary International to advocate for an immediate ceasefire in the Israel-Palestine conflict, and to establish a dedicated Response Fund to help the civilians affected by the conflict.
Creative Art Therapy: A Beacon of Healing
Addressing the mental health crisis head-on, Rotaract Europe is supporting the Creative Art Therapy project. We encourage every club to replicate this initiative in their communities, with the primary goal of helping children affected by moral and physical abuse adapt to new realities. By leveraging the therapeutic power of music, art, and creativity, this project aims to alleviate the stress caused by the loss of loved ones and loss of their homes.
If you want to replicate this project in your local community, the detailed project guidelines are publicly available HERE. Feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to all the dedicated Rotaractors who join us in this noble fight for mental health. Together, we can make a lasting impact on the lives of those in need and contribute to a world that values compassion, peace, and sustainability.