The founder and chief executive officer of Hope Builders foundation Rev. Dr. Mathias Yashim has described the lingering Insecurity challenges confronting the nation as one major root causes why Nigerian are passing through grief and traumatic experience by holding the pains for a long time without speaking out.
He advocated for the constant retraining of Counselors, teachers parent and other guardians with the appropriate necessary skills in order for them to be properly empowered to reach out to traumatized victims who are dying in silence without anyone speak to bring them out of the bad experiences they are into.
Speaking to Newsmen at the day workshop organize by Hope Builders International Consult limited in collebration with Counseling Association of Nigeria (CASSON), Kaduna State chapter, tagged: Grief and Trauma Healing on Saturday 13th November in Kaduna, Yashim said, one out of every three Nigerians are traumatized with one grief other by holding pain of loss, bad experiences over Insecurity challenges without speaking out to be healed.
” Traumatized person don’t speak out, he or she keeping silence by Isolating themselves which if not handle properly will lead to depression and other health challenges “
Rev.Yashim stated, Insecurity ranging from Kidnapping, Banditry, farmers /herders clash, ethno- religious crisis is the major root causes of grief and trauma among many Nigerians
” Insecurity has turned many women into widows, children to orphans and millions of people rendered homeless and there is needs for healing from such bad experiences they pass through which led to the loss of lover ones, someone that is so dear to us “
According to Yashim, openness, prayers, forgiveness and letting go of those pieces of bad experience, memories and pains by picking up themselves to continue their new life which is the key things and manual of life,adding that letting it go, we cannot experienced the truth healing from the wounded heart.
He explained that, the one day workshop on grief and trauma healing is for parents, teachers, counselors, caregiver and other critical stakeholders in Kaduna Northwest Nigeria to properly equipped them to cater for traumatized persons in our communities.
He said, the aimed of the training is to meet with key appropriate counselors, parents, teachers and guardians with skills to reach out people and strengthen and other citizens who are passing through pains, as a result of traumatic experience cause by crises, violence and conflicts as well as to provide healing to them
“I feel that we should engage counsellors caregivers teachers and parents with the a proper skills to teach them on how to reach out to the traumatized persons “
” On the daily basis people are traumatized in our community, nobody seem to care about them or to speak to them how they can be out the situations and be healed.
“.So we selected people that would come because they are a gift to the society”, he said.
He further said, that though people grieve and cry but when they are not handled properly, then they graduate into traumatized situation. He also revealed today young men, women, the poor and rich persons and children traumatized which they need urgent attention of caregivers and counselor to speak to them.
Rev. Yashim called on the government to support the counselors, caregivers by providing platforms and pattern with CASSON and Hope Builders foundation to reach out to schools, government offices, hospitals and other public spaces so that people can walk in and get counsellors who will speak to those traumatized persons who have no one speak them. Adding such action will go a long way in reducing high number of traumatized persons in the societies.