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Do you sometimes wonder why the number of people living with depression raised by 18% between 2005 and 2015? Why do we have to lose 800,000 beloved people each year through suicide and often it’s teenagers who lose their footing?
According to forecasts by 2030, depression will be the leading cause of disability worldwide. Women are almost twice as likely to suffer from depressive symptoms as men. And beware, depression can strike anyone: yourself, as well as your children. In particular, children frequently fall into the other extreme: far too often they only see a solution in violent action.
Vision and goal
The initiators of the SWISS ICE CHALLENGE can’t stress enough the importance of self-leadership for a healthy and fulfilling life. It is their conviction that the path to a more conscious lifestyle can prevent health problems and, in some cases, might even cure diseases. Everyone can do something for themselves and thus for their own well-being – let it simply be the daily walk in the forest. However, if you are already ill, for example suffering from depression, this isn’t so easy anymore. Wim Hof himself had to learn this in the most painful way: his wife took her own life in 1995 and he stayed behind with four small children.
With the donations collected through the SWISS ICE CHALLENGE, depressive patients should be actively supported to find their way back into a “normal life” and to feel like a “full member” of the society again, on the one hand.
On the other hand, young people should be encouraged to feel good about being themselves, especially in a young relationship. Of course, depression has very different causes. Often, however, the lack of self-esteem is a trigger for the disease. Therefore, you can’t learn to treat yourself and your own feelings benevolently early enough. To live self-determined without being aggressive or inconsiderate and thus to develop a healthy self-esteem is crucial. Young people are often left alone in their development.
Therefore, the following projects should specifically be supported. With your donation you can decide for yourself which project is of particular importance to you:
Do you help “Herzsprung” or “EQUILIBRIUM”?
“Herzsprung” – friendship, love, sexuality without violence
«Herzsprung» is a national violence prevention program focusing on preventing abusive behavior and teen dating violence among 14-18 year olds and promoting respectful treatment among young couples. The program strengthens teenagers’ self-responsibility by heightening their awareness that they can actively shape their own relationships. The young men and women learn how to consider both their own needs and those of their partner and receive information on where to get help as well as how to support their colleagues if they are affected by dating violence.
Menschen mit psychischen Krankheiten – eine Bereicherung für unser Leben.
EQUILIBRIUM – Association for Coping with Depression
EQUILIBRIUM is committed to volunteering for people with depression. Every fifth woman and every seventh man is affected today. So pretty much always a person in your own family. The illness covers the whole person – mentally – physically – in behavior and thinking. EQUILIBRIUM informs about depression and thus helps to fight stigmatization. The non-profit organization creates help for self-help and helps those affected deal with the disease in order to lead a “good life” despite some difficulties.
Take part in this!
Are you passionately committed to the holistic welfare of our fellow human beings? Does your association also believe that we can lead our lives in new, auspicious ways through a sense of self-leadership?
If you wish to receive support in an upcoming year to realize an innovative idea, you can apply via the ERNA Foundation as a new funding project. An independent committee decides annually which projects are selected.