Successful mental health workshop held at Suddie

first_imgDear Editor,As mental health continues to be a prime issue of concern in Guyana, particularly the mental health of men, the Guyana Foundation continues in its quest not only to talk about the problem, but also to be a driving force in the promotion of good mental health and holistic wellness for all Guyanese.In the year 2017, we commenced a programme — in partnership with the Guyana Police Force, through the Richard Fickal Police College — of training new recruits in the area of mental health.On February 27th and 28th, 2018, staff and volunteers of the Guyana Foundation Sunrise Center conducted a two-day workshop at the Police College at Suddie on the Essequibo Coast. The workshop took the form of group discussions, role plays, introspection exercises, and games, all with the objective of having a better understanding of mental health, primarily the mental health of men. The aspiring police officers participated fully in all of the activities, wherein many of them shared some of their own personal struggles not only as those relate to mental health, but also relative to achieving personal success.The understated are some of the topics covered: understanding self; the benefits of knowing who you are; identifying personal strengths, weaknesses and values; factors that shape and build an individual’s self-esteem; what it means to be successful; setting SMART life goals; the valley of blame and shame: how negative life experiences influence the present; understanding cultural norms as they relate to men; understanding mental health; factors that affect an individual’s mental health.Overall, the sessions were a resounding success, as persons took time to share what were some of the points throughout the workshop that resonated with them, and how they intend to apply the knowledge learnt moving forward in their personal lives and career.In her closing remarks to the participants, Manager of the Sunrise Center, Ms. Miriam Hinds, told the young men, “…if you are going to be successful in the road ahead, you first need to deal with those things in your lives that may potentially serve as obstacles to your success. This means that you must be true to who you are, and be honest about your feelings.”She further said, “If you are going to be effective in serving others, then you must also be willing to be served; which means (that) if you recognize that you need help, then get the help that you need, knowing that it will not make you less of a man”.The session ended with participants expressing gratitude to the organization. A follow-up session is slated for March 27th, when the recruits will demonstrate through role play what they would have learnt throughout the two days.Regards,Guyana Foundationlast_img read more

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UL Alumni Give Back To Alma Mater

first_imgIn a commendable act of humanitarian gesture and giving back to one’s alma mater, at least 50 alumni of the University of Liberia jumpstarted the campaign to give the UL a facelift by giving more than US$4,000.00 and pledging more than 200 gallons of oil paint. Making remarks at the launch, UL President, Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, lauded the Alumni Association for the gesture and recounted the many contributions the Association has made to the institutions since he took over as president.“When we came on board, one of the first things we did was to challenge the University of Liberia Alumni Association, ULAA, to partner with us in the provision of scholarships, which it responded favorably. If the Alumni Association can respond positively when we were in ‘intensive care,’ I have no doubt that it can do even more; we are grateful to you,” he said.He named the provision of scholarships, primarily to its members and students, some of whom are in other parts of the world, including Connecticut, USA.Serving as the chief launcher, Alumnus and current Minister of Defense, Mr. Brownie J. Samukai, a member of the Class of 1984, said the UL had a profound impact on his young life for which he will always be internally grateful. “That’s why we want to come back every time to this school,” he said. “The four years I spent here were the best time of my life.”Other notable alumni who came to the aid of their alma mater were Banker John B. S. Davies, Class of 1998, President and CEO of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI); Counselor David A. B. Jallah, Dean of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law; Mr. David Farhart, former Minister of Finance; Dr. Eugene Shannon, former Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy; Mr. Thomas Doe Nah, Executive Director of the Center Transparency and Accountability International (CENTAL); Mrs. Atty. Nedia S. Kamara, who also represented her husband, Mr. Boima S. Kamara, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank; and Senior Economist, Samuel D. Tweah, Jr., among others.The Administration of the University of Liberia, in collaboration with the UL Alumni Association (ULAA), recently launched the campaign to paint some of the infrastructure on the campuses of the University. The program was held in the UL Park on the Capitol Hill Campus of the institution, a release signed by Mr. Norris Tweah, vice president, University Relations said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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