The Guyana Foundation is pleased to announce that we have been invited by the Board of the British Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) to attend their 45th Annual Summer Conference and Workshops. BABCP is the lead organization in the United Kingdom for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
The Guyana Foundation has been sounding the call for improvement in the mental health system in Guyana since 2012. The Foundation continues to work at the community level offering counselling to at risk individuals six days a week free of charge at our Sunrise Centers. We have also been training nurses and law enforcement first responders in Region No. 2. To date, our workshops have benefitted over 70 persons from the coast, lakes and island areas of Essequibo.
The Guyana Foundation wishes to acknowledge the sterling contribution of Mr. Krish Nath who is Guyanese and is presently the Chairman of the Standards and Ethics Committee of BABCP. Mr. Nath attended the opening of our first Sunrise Center and since then has supported our work in a real way. He will also be organizing a team of mental health professionals from the UK to travel to Guyana on World Mental Health Day to promote mental wellness and to organize cricket matches around the country under the theme, “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind” in aid of our work.
The Guyana Foundation will be represented by our Senior Mental Health Counsellor, Mr Haimraj Hamandeo to attend this conference and workshop. Mr. Hamandeo, achieved a BSc in Psychology at the Universidad de Oriente, Cuba in 2010 and his Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology, Expressive Arts Therapies and Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University, Boston MA in 2014. He has been actively involved in the Sunrise Center conducting holistic counselling and workshops geared at enlightening Essequibians about mental illness and preventative strategies they can use to cope. Mr. Hamandeo hopes to build a career in Psychotherapy using the skills and knowledge gained from his studies and future studies to help in the healthy development of the people of Guyana.
Supriya Singh-, CCH, Founder of the Guyana Foundation expressed thanks to Mr Krish Nath and the BABCP on behalf of all those at risk individuals who will benefit from this training. “Mental Health has to be put on the front burner globally, it is not only Guyana that suffers and is hemorrhaging fromthe senseless loss of livesto mental illness it is a reality globally, therefore we need to work together to find solutions and to save lives, this invitation is most welcomed,” she said.