Crisis prevention programme forIndian community

DUBAI — The Indian Community Welfare Committee (ICWC), under the auspices of the Indian Consulate Dubai, will launch a 'Crisis Prevention Programme' tomorrow.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 17 May 2006, 11:02 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:41 PM

The initiative is being undertaken primarily to address various emotional and psychological stress problems faced by many Indian community members.

The decision of launching this new programme in community interest, comes in the wake of the increasing number of Indian expatriates committing suicide in the Emirates.

Yash Kumar Sinha, Indian Consul General, said: "A group of qualified and committed psycologists and counsellors will offer counselling services to those suffering from stress and strain problems under this programme."

"This is just a beginning. Next, these counsellors will also go to labour camps to talk to the labourers and workers there who may be suffering from such problems," he added.

K. Kumar, President of ICWC, said: "This programme is aimed at securing the overall welfare of Indian families, individuals, children and youth through finding appropriate solutions. The primary focus of the programme is to provide solution-based services."

"People who need the counselling service can call 050-4293269 from Sunday to Thursday between 9am and 6pm to make an appointment," he added.

Rachana Buxani and Tanuka Gupta, both counsellors, said: "Although Dubai and other emirates already have community and support centres that offer psychological, educational and social services, the fee for such services are steep and are often not affordable by many. The existing centres, may also lack professional counsellors from the Indian subcontinent who can provide culturally and linguistically sensitive services which often restricts community members from seeking such services."

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