Unsung hero Miss Sonam Tongden
Today, Life Skill education was conducted by Miss Sonam Tongden at Center for Addiction Medicine Chuwatar.
Miss Sonam Tongden is a very skilled & dedicated counselor with 7 years of experience in offering different counseling services to patients suffering with mental illness, depression, anxiety, suicidal behavior and substance dependence treatment. She has conducted more than 400 mental health programs between 2015 and 2019 in schools, colleges, ICDS centers, rehab centers, and rural communities in East Sikkim under the banner of Grameen Manasik Swastha Abhiyaan.
Miss Tongden has imparted training as a key resource person to develop the capacity of nurses, mphw, asha, ICDS workers, teachers, and counselors in the East District. She has helped more than 500 patients with suicidal behavior from Dept. Of Psychiatry, Singtam Hospital between 2015-19. She was also proactively involved at Rangpo checkpost during Covid crisis to provide mental health counseling service to all the people undergoing quarantine at Himalayan pharmacy college, and Rangpo along with Pinky Bhutia for almost 6 months. Currently, she is working with patients and families suffering with alcohol and substance users at Center for Addiction Medicine cum drug treatment Clinic, Chuwatar, West Pandam.
She is an Unsung hero whose contribution in generating awareness to destigmatize mental health, suicidal behavior and drug abuse is worth praising.