Virtual talks on suicide prevention

The programme poster and schedule.

KUCHING: The Kuching Bodhi Counselling Centre is raising public awareness of the importance of preventing suicides.

It is currently organising a suicide prevention campaign together with SEGi Group of College, which started from Thursday (Sept 9) until this Sunday, via virtual means featuring various speakers.

It said the title of the programme is ‘Creating Hopes Through Action’, in collaboration with Befrienders Kuala Lumpur, Befrienders Kuching and Sarawak Mental Health Association.

“The programme comprises live talks, online forums, virtual listening sessions and workshops,” it said in a statement today.

A virtual listening session titled ‘Let’s Talk’ is held at 2pm and 7.30pm every day during the course of the campaign. It is a platform for registered members of the public to join via Zoom and talk where trained volunteers will be listening to their stories.

It added that the main purpose of the programme is to encourage the people to share their experiences or issues with someone who are listening to them on the other end.

Meanwhile on Saturday (Sept 11), a talk featuring Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii will take place at 9am followed by a talk titled ‘Be a Better Friend’ by Befrienders Kuching vice-chairperson Kelly Lee.

At 2pm the same day, there will be a talk titled ‘Let’s Talk about Self-Harm Prevention’ by psychiatrist Dr Ng Boon Seng and clinical psychiatrists Sharlene Teo and Ivana Mason.

Another talk is also scheduled later at 8pm in Mandarin titled ‘Guided Mindfulness Practice’ by mindfulness-based cognitive therapy trainer Calvin Onn.

On Sunday (Sept 12), another talk in Mandarin will also be delivered by clinical psychiatrist Dr Chen Yoke Yong and registered counsellor Rachel Choo Chiew Ling titled ‘Intervention to Adolescent Self Harm’ at 10am.

At 2pm, a workshop will be held by psychiatrist Dr Lai Mee Huong titled ‘Listen with Your Heart: Supporting Those Who in Need’ along with ‘Acceptance and Commitment Therapy’.

The centre said all sessions are free of charge, but if members of the public are willing to donate to their cause, they can do so by channelling their contribution to the bank account of Kuching Buddhist Society Counselling Unit (Hong Leong Bank — 01600211614).