WORD FROM THE VOLUNTEERS COORDINATOR: Nsubuga Ivan
When “suicide” as a term is used in a conversation a mixed kind of reaction is triggered amongst the listeners. Normally, people with a history or relation to the action are most likely to respond. Unfortunately, people who don’t respond will miss out and ignorance will be the reason for misfortune should their limit to cope with life struggles burn out. Befriender Uganda gives people affected by suicide related issues a chance to utilise her services regardless of what and who they are. The centre emphasises the “suicide is not an option” gospel to redeem life and mitigate ignorance. Every life is regarded very important. I love each and every day I spend helping people overcome suicide ideation.
VOLUNTEER: Kagaayi Godfrey (Social Worker))
Befriender Uganda is a place of hope, a shelter for the grieving, stressed, marginalised and depressed individuals in our communities. People come feeling chained, hopeless and worthless, contemplating about ending their lives. A 30 minutes session miraculous gives them hope and reason to smile again. I am proud to be part of the team that brings this social taboo and health tragedy to light. There is no doubt that Befriender Uganda is a one stop centre for suicide prevention in the country.
VOLUNTEER: Nambuyaga Juliet (Social worker)
Life comes handy with challenges; it is our obligation to find solutions. When we hit some storms, we should find our way out of them. Unfortunately some storms are too strong for our mortal capabilities, so we fall to the ground. Befriender Uganda offers different services to those who are affected or grieving because of suicide. We reach out even to those who have experienced the depths of suicide in their lives. Before, in my life, it was not a point of emphasis but now I sit down and listen to people who feel that they have nowhere to run. At least now I am trained to do that, I am always there to help.
VOLUNTEER: Arinitwe Banabas (Social worker)
With the criminology I offered at the University, I used to look at committing suicide as a violation of societal norms and values and thus against humanity and the constitutional Law an act that deserved heavy penalty. I used to agree with jail time until sense is instilled in the individual. But, my time at Befriender Uganda, I have come to realise that when the weighing scale is against some people, they get fed up. Their decision making becomes compromised and do the “unthinkable.” I have discovered that the centre offers services that add value to the suicide affected people. To individuals who have lost hope, the centre is there to help them re-attain joy, comfort and courage that uplift their sense of optimism and positive living. I am therefore very much grateful to be part of the Befriender team.