08th May 2023 22:20:30 Hours
A clinical counselling workshop conducted at the 54 Infantry Division HQ during 25 - 27 April 2023, headed by Brigadier R.M.M. Monaragala USP Consultant Psychiatrist at Colombo Army Hospital, together with Captain S.M.P.K Samarakoon, Captain H.G.N Deshapriya and Warrant Officer I A.K.W.K Abeywardena of the Colombo Army Hospital provided psychological therapy to all ranks serving the 54 Infantry Division HQ.
Those counsellors spoke to those soldiers and discussed possible solutions to their work place stress, time-management, mental balance, private family issues and other general matters of concern to them.
The project was suggested by the General Officer Commanding, 54 Infantry Division, Major General W.W.H.R.R.V.M.N.D.K.B Niyangoda RWP RSP VSV USP ndu psc. 17 Officers and 05 Other Ranks of the Division worked with the visiting team in order to make the project a success where the project got underway establishing separate ‘counselling cells’ for each Battalion, Brigade and 54 Infantry Division Headquarters inside the premises.
The project referred to case studies, conduct of brainstorming sessions and thought-provoking discussions before soldiers were split into separate cells.