Training programme should include mental health modules

Dear Editor,

The Caribbean Voice notices that the HEYS programme is being replaced with “a more holistic training programme targeting youths across the country”. May we suggest that this holistic programme should also include modules on mental health, especially coping strategies (including breathing exercises, mindfulness and possibly meditation) to deal with stress and challenges, developing high self-esteem, self-confidence and self-love. This would ensure that our young people do not easily give in to challenges and become stressed and/or succumb to depression and anxiety which are the precursors of suicide. As it is the 15 to 25 age group already has the highest suicide rate in Guyana.

Yours faithfully,
Priya Dookie
The Caribbean Voice

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