Published in Kaieteur News, Wednesday 6th September 2017
The fight against suicide in Region Two is continuing. The Guyana Sunrise Centre yesterday established an official networking system with key stakeholders.
Participants of the workshop take a time out for a group picture, representatives of Social Protection centre in chairs.
The Centre, which is headed by the Guyana Foundation, has been battling suicide and other social issues ever since its establishment last year. Determined to fight the battle against Social Issues with an even greater effect, the centre has now collaborated with key Organisations on the Essequibo Coast.
Yesterday’s workshop which was held at the Centre’s Zorg en Vluygt address, was well attended by various Community Leaders, the Ministry of Social Protection, Religious groups and other organizations. As the three-hour workshop unfolded, participants voiced their concerns on suicide, applauding the Guyana Foundation for its networking initiative.
Participants reinforced their commitment to network with the Centre, even as ideas to combat suicide were exchanged.
Founder of the Guyana Foundation, Mrs. Supriya Singh-Bodden, explained that it’s her hope to sustain the networking system, so as to reduce the suicide rate in Region Two.
Mrs. Singh-Bodden explained, “The battle will be more effective if we work with all organizations in the Region. Only then can we meet as many people as possible. We shouldn’t be working in separate areas, and ultimately if we’re serving the people we need to serve them together.”
“The biggest weakness is that organizations work separately from each other. As a result, they do not achieve their objective on time and even more so efficiently.”
The Networking system will ensure that persons are referred to an organization designated to handling their social issues.
In explaining how the referral procedure works Mrs. Singh-Bodden said, “There are times when we may come across an underage child who may be sexually molested. The networking system will now enable us to make a report to the relevant organization in the quickest way possible. This organisation will then handle the issue professionally using less time.”
The centre was established as a community centre that offers free skills training courses and counseling, six days a week. Ms Supriya Singh-Bodden said that since the centre’s establishment in 2016, hundreds of individuals have benefitted from counseling.
“The experience has been extremely good and the number going forward has increased. We’re about to relocate to even larger premises because we have more courses starting shortly. We have counselled many and we hope to reach them on a door-to-door basis in the community to raise awareness about mental health and child protection issues.”