KOTTAYAM: VIPASSANA, the Emotional Support Centre of the Malankara Orthodox Church has organised a training program for the volunteers at MGOCSM Student Centre, Kottayam on 09 May,2015.
Dr.Thomas Mar Athanasios, President of the Ministry of Human Empowerment(MOHE) and Metropolitan of the Kandanad East Diocese inaugurated the training program.
Fr.P.A.Philip, Deputy Secretary, MOHE presided over the function.Fr.Philan Mathew,General Secretary,MGOCSM,Fr.Abraham Mathai(Fr.Shiju), Director, Student Centre, Kottayam, and Dr.Siby Tharakan, Director, Vpassana spoke on the occasion.
Dr.Varghese Punnoose, Secretary, Orthodox medical Forum and HOD, Dept.of Psychiatry, Govt.Medical College, Kottayam lead the session on ‘Understanding Human Behaviour’.
Mrs.Maya Susan Jacob, Counselling psychologist, Girideepan group of Institutions lead the session on ‘Emotional Challenges of Children’ and Fr.Dr.John Thomas Karingattil, Professor of Communication, orthodox Theological Seminary lead the session on’ Influence of Media on the Family’.
The training programme was attended by 39 participants from different walks of life including Students and Senior Citizens.The second and third training programme will be conducted on 16th and 23rd May,2015 at MGOCSM Student Centre, Kottayam.
The Ministry of Human Empowerment (MOHE) in collaboration with MGOCSM launched the Emotional Support Programme(ESP) with three-pronged strategies: like Emotional Support Helpline, Family Life Enrichment and Suicide Prevention Program, Fellowship of the family members who suffered the trauma of a suicide in the family.
The Centre also envisages helping people who are under tremendous stress and emotional breakdown.The Telephone Helpline which purports to console and empower people under emotional breakdown and loneliness will function 24×6.The calls coming to the Helpline centre will be handled by volunteers who are trained for the purpose.
The callers will not be asked to divulge their name and address. The problems shared shall be kept strictly confidential.Students, youth and seniors citizens (anybody irrespective of their age, caste or religion) can be the beneficiaries of the helpline.The focus of the Helpline shall be the enrichment of Family life. It will organize various Awareness/Training Program in this line.
It shall take up and continue various projects introduced by the Ministry of Human Empowerment of the Church.It will also organize various training /awareness programs for Suicide Prevention.
The centre shall organize programs to console and embolden families in which suicide or unnatural death happened. Get together of such families, emotional sharing, counseling, retreats etc also shall be organized.
The VIPASSANA Emotional Support Center can be contacted at Mob:07025067695, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com