New counselling centre open for community

Rokiah Mahmud

PEKA Konsultan Brunei in cooperation with CureHeart Brunei, launched a new counselling and guidance services at its new centre at Jalan Rambutan in Kampong Burong Pingai, Berakas, yesterday.

The launch supports the call of the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam for the well-being of the community.

Motivational Speaker Haji Ali Yusri bin Abdul Gapor launched the centre along with CureHeart founder Hajah Norajleen Uminatul Hafizan binti Haji Alimas and President of PEKA Konsultan Brunei Diny bin Haji Karim.

Diny said that the centre will serve as a medium for the community, as one of the efforts to assist the government in addressing issues related to counselling and guidance.

He said, “This is one of the first counselling and guidance services initiated by locals. We hope the counsellors in the country will provide guidance especially in addressing mental healthcare.

Motivational Speaker Haji Ali Yusri bin Abdul Gapor and CureHeart founder Hajah Norajleen Uminatul Hafizan binti Haji Alimas at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. PHOTO: ROKIAH MAHMUD

“Besides counselling sessions, we also facilitate training for the government and private sector such as the Critical Incident Stress Management training, which focusses on the preparation in facing natural disasters such as COVID-19.”

“We also feel the responsibility of sharing information on the importance of mental healthcare to the public.

“We aim to change the perception of the community’s view on counselling as not only for those who encounter problems, but also for those in need of guidance towards a rational and positive mind,” said Diny.

He added, “PEKA Brunei aims to bring an impact to the community through its collaboration with CureHeart and support from PEKA Malaysia.

“It also took part in various volunteer activities outside the country including Lombok in Indonesia, Syria, Rakhin in Bangladesh and Palestine, with focus on trauma rehabilitation occurred due to earthquake, wars and many more.”