Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Raymond's letter to The Straits Times: Teach students how to manage anger

Do read my next press letter on the bullying that took place by school students.

Abuse in any form at any place – be it at schools, in the community, on the roads, in hospitals and in homes, etc, must never be tolerated. How would any parent feel if their child was beaten up like this? To this end, I am glad that the online community has come out strongly to condemn the bullying. We have to be mindful that those who are abused or humiliated are prone in having to grapple with mental health issues - sooner or later.

Singapore is not a cowboy town where people can go around bashing up one another and taking matters in their own hands.

Let’s get students involved in worthy projects and community work; and everyone can play their part to meet this objective. During the period when my wife was alive, our church (Church of The Holy Spirit) carried out a project where students from Raffles Institution (RI) spruced up our home for 6 weeks; spending their Saturdays cleaning up our home and while doing so took the opportunity to better understand my wife’s schizophrenia illness and learnt from me how I have taken care of my wife, through the years.

Thus, collaborations with churches on such useful and meaningful schemes should be promoted.

Raymond's letter to The Straits Times:  Teach students how to manage anger
My letter to The Straits Times on the above matter is published today, Tuesday 15th November 2016.
My former schoolmates and I are alumni of the St Andrew’s family of schools, and we were shocked at the bullying incident captured on video (“Video of boys beating another goes viral; police probing case”; last Saturday).

This has tarnished the school’s good reputation.
In life, conflicts are bound to occur from time to time, but they should never be allowed to escalate into unmanageable anger which leads to violence.

To enable students to better cope with uncontrollable emotions and anger, it would be useful to tie up with experts in anger management, such as those from the Institute of Mental Health (IMH).

They could speak to educators, students as well as parents on how to better manage anger and emotions.

The IMH conducts talks at the hospital, as part of public mental health education. Schools could also take part in this programme.

Raymond Anthony Fernando


Raymond Anthony Fernando


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