[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Police Force on Wednesday, November 18 fulfilled a promise made to residents of Black Bush Polder by hosting a community outreach in the area, after it was recommended by a resident of the community.
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Balram Persaud accompanied by other senior officers, along with Religious Leaders attached to the Cops and Faith Community Network and Medical Practitioners attended the Community Outreach, which was held at the Black Bush Polder Secondary School.
At a previous community outreach in Springlands in October, a resident had asked for the outreach to be organized in the community for residents to be educated on suicide and mental health after he had listened to presentations from Psychiatrist, Dr Bhiro Harry and Substance Abuse Specialist, Caitlin Vieira.
At Wednesdays’ outreach, both medical practitioners made presentations on their respective field. Dr. Harry, who spoke vastly on mental health and depression, called on parents to pay keen attention to abnormal behaviors they might observe in a child. He urged that the parents seek aid and assistance to help their child or children.
Dr. Harry further called on parents to talk to children everyday “when they come home from school find out what they did at school and ask questions about their day. Don’t just tell them change their clothes and go to the garden.”
He also explained that talking helps to solve problems and if problems are solved then suicide would be reduced.
Meanwhile, Vieira spoke on the dangers of substance abuse and how it is linked to suicide. She stated that alcohol works as an antidepressant which could lead to suicide if overused.
She explained while alcohol consumption is at an all-time high, the most used drug in Guyana is marijuana, while cocaine is the most used among vagrants.
Additionally, the Assistant Commissioner told the small gathering that the Police Force is looking to complete several projects in the community, aimed at building a better relationship with residents.
As such, he pledged to rehabilitate a sports ground for the youths and the possibility of hosting a police Gymkhana in the community.