Balogun Osunbiyi (Pronounced: Bah-low-goon Aw-shoon-beeyee) is the Senior Government Psychologist at the Mental Health Unit, Ministry of Public Health, Guyana. He supervises the psychology section of the unit, and oversees the Ministry’s Self Harm Surveillance Program, and the Anti-depression Campaign.
Osunbiyi is a Licensed Psychologist, a certified Drug Prevention and Drug Treatment Specialist, Chairman of the National Taskforce on Suicide Research and Prevention, a Trainer of Trainers in Disaster Related Psychological Trauma and Mental Health. He is the Executive Director for the Centre for Psychosocial Health Development, the Immediate Past President of the Guyana Psychological Association, and Chairman of the charitable organization the Yoruba Heritage Foundation, and an advance level Conflict Resolution Facilitator.
Osunbiyi is committed to working to help engender strategic psychological research, policies, training, and capacity building, as a catalyst for human development, and personal and public safety and wellbeing for members of society. He conducts several charitable outreaches annually focusing on youths, the improvised, and those negatively impacted by social ills, these programs see the distribution of schools supplies including clothing, books and footwear to children, and feeding and clothing distributions to homeless persons.
His personal philosophy is that every human being is a story meant to unfold functionally from one’s birth to their death, that we are all born to aspire, to become, to dream big, and that everyone has the right to their dreams and the right to benefit from them. As an Ifa Practioner, he profoundly believes in his father’s teachings that it is not what life has done to you that is the most important thing, but rather what will you do about it.
It is such a commitment to the restoration of human dignity and productivity that saw him this year receiving the United Bridge Builders Movement International Humanitarian Award 2019 for his work in Mental Health.
Balogun Osunbiyi is a lover of the outdoors, who enjoys swimming, cricket, and nature exploration. He also likes good music, reading, learning about other people’s cultures and history.
A native of Guyana, South America he is a widely travelled, well known and much respected national and regional figure, an acclaimed inspirational public speaker and facilitator, who has been involved over the years in several projects, interventions, workshops, and training programs, that brought about positive behavior change and better social circumstances for persons in need.
Research, Advocacy & Workshops on (SDGs) 4 - Quality Education, 5 -Gender Equality, 16 - Peace and Justice through participatory community activism, & 17 - Partnership Building.
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