Site workers to get shrink visits

The Indian Consulate in Dubai has formed a group of counsellors and psychologists to visit site workers in their labour camps

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  May 20, 2006

The Indian Consulate in Dubai has formed a group of counsellors and psychologists to visit site workers in their labour camps. The team will deal with adjustment issues, alcohol addiction and prevention, suicide prevention, stress management and depression. The Indian Community Welfare Committee (ICWC), the welfare wing of the Indian Consulate, has called the initiative the Crisis Prevention Programme (CPP). The CPP is made up of 10 volunteers, who will address a range of problems faced by workers. Speaking to Construction Week, Yash Sinha, consul general at the Indian Consulate, said: “The programme is meant to handle the problems of workers in Dubai and to try and prevent a crisis from worsening.” “We are planning to go down to the labour camps as soon as we can, as that is the only way we can let the workers know we exist,” said Rachna Buxani, a counsellor at CPP. “We realise that no amount of media publicity will help as much as us physically going down there to help them one on one. Even though we have a dedicated number for people to call up on, it’s not physically possible to tend to everyone, so our call staff are trained to listen to problems and then pass on the details to the counsellors.”

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