113 govt school students complete SAATHI training to tackle substance abuse

Gangtok, 16 May:

Sikkim Against Addiction Towards Healthy India [SAATHI] conducted its second offsite training camp for the year 2018-19 from 11 to 14 May at Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure and Eco-Tourism [IHCAE] in Chemchey, South Sikkim which had the participation of 113 students from Government Secondary Schools of Assangthang, Sichey, Nandok and Sumin Linzey.

Over the two-daylong camp, various motivational and technical sessions on the problem of substance abuse along with learning-based fun and physical activities were conducted with the students.

A session on basics of counseling was taken by SAATHI Teacher Coordinator from Jorethang SSS, Rohan Poudyal, while Psychiatrist from Singtam District Hospital, Dr Devendra Singh, conducted a session on the medical aspects of drugs.

Likewise, a session on legal aspects of drugs was taken by Station House Officer, Ravangla Police Station, CCK Subba, with Saran Rai from SAATHI conducting a session on life skills and Counselor from Serenity Home, Gangtok, Udai C Rai, addressing social stigma and discrimination associated to substance abuse and addiction.

During the camp, newly launched SAATHI App was presented and demonstrated to the students by the SAATHI Project Team.