Please help fund Dr Chencho Dorji to attend the Asia Pacific Conference of the International Association for Suicide Prevention in New Zealand this year.$NZ6000 ($US4350) is needed to fund Dr Chencho's flights, conference registration and his accommodation and travel costs within New Zealand.
Tragically, the small Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan has not escaped the worldwide trend of rising suicide rates and its statistics are now overtaking the global suicide rate.
Dr Chencho Dorji is the first Bhutanese doctor trained in modern psychiatry. He and his small but dedicated team of trained professionals are committed to providing best practice mental health treatment for the people there. As a NZ mental health professional, who has been privileged to visit Bhutan on two occasions, I am asking you to contribute generously and ensure Bhutan does not face the challenge of preventing suicide in isolation.
Best practice for coping with the traumatic impact suicide leaves in its wake, is to stand together as community in support of one another. For this reason, it is very important that Dr Chencho attends the Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), which is being held this year in New Zealand.
Dr Chencho explains the significance of going to the conference, "To learn more about suicide prevention and management. Bhutan is one of the least developed countries in the world, which started its modern development including general health services only in the last five decades. Modern mental health services were started only in the last two decades. Bhutan is one of the fastest developing countries in the region and the impact of modernization and globalization is taking a big toll on the mental health of the population. Suicide, alcoholism, drugs abuse and mental health issues are on the rise on one hand while, on the other, the traditional agrarian cohesive supportive society is fast breaking up. "
No person and no country should face suicide alone. Please join me in making it possible for Dr Chencho to attend the Asia Pacific Regional IASP Conference and participate in the community of Asian Pacific mental health professionals, researchers and advocates who are committed to better understanding and preventing suicide. He can then bring encouragement and knowledge back to Bhutan to share with his colleagues facing Bhutan's mental health crises and support their commitment to provide best practice mental health care in Bhutan.
For the Love of Bhutan, together we can do this!