Symposium: Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Health Problems in Youth
NIK DALIANA NIK FARID
(DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL AND PREVENTIVE MEDICINE)
The Centre for Population Health and Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Malaya (UM) hosted the first Symposium on Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Health Problems in Youth on 26th June 2019 at the TJ Danaraj Auditorium, Faculty of Medicine, UM. The symposium was sponsored by the Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health, Kuala Lumpur. The objectives of the symposium were to gather stakeholders actively working in the mental health domain; to provide a platform for stakeholders to present their work on mental health issues and intervention; and to equip participants with the skills and knowledge to promote mental wellbeing for youth.
The Selangor State Assemblywoman of Subang Jaya, Yang Berhormat (YB) Michelle Ng Mei Sze, officiated the symposium. It was followed by a live sketch entitled “You Are Worthy” by the UM Public Health postgraduate students. The first session, presented by Dr Roslaili Khairudin, Head of the Maternal and Child Health Unit at Titiwangsa Health Office, Kuala Lumpur, was on “Help-seeking and Service Utilization for Mental Health Problems among Youth”. Following Dr Roslaili’s remarkable presentation, all participants were invited to take part in a quick mental health exercise using stress balls. The benefits of using stress balls, such as helping the body to release tension and inducing a person to relax, were shared with the audience. A press conference with YB Michelle Ng and Professor Dr Maznah Dahlui, Deputy Dean Faculty of Medicine highlighted the increasing trend of psychiatry morbidity and possible detection and prevention strategies.
A roundtable discussion on “Prevention and Early Intervention in Youth Mental Health” was held with a distinguished panel consisting of Dr Nurashikin Ibrahim, Public Health Specialist, Ministry of Health Malaysia; Madam Anita Abu Bakar, President of Mental Illness Awareness and Support Association; Associate Professor Dr Aili Hanim Hashim, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Universiti Malaya Medical Centre; and Dr Haslina Muhamad, Psychologist and Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UM. Associate Professor Dr Rusdi Abdul Rashid, Director, Universiti Malaya Centre of Addiction Sciences, moderated the session.
Recent research work on peer support and mental health of youth was presented by three Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) candidates from UM, Dr Kishwen Kanna Yogaratnam, Dr Muhd Zulfadli Hafiz Ismail and Dr Thava Viknaraj Sivabalan. The topics included “Peer Based Programs in Promoting Mental Wellbeing among Youths in Lower Socioeconomic Urban Communities” and “Peer Based Facilitation and Whole Organization Approach”.
Associate Professor Dr Ng Chong Guan, Vice-President, Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA), delivered an exceptionally informative presentation on “Managing Mental Health Problems”. Ms Gee, a counsellor from MMHA, conducted a practical session on stress management. The symposium ended with the final closing words by Dr Nik Daliana Nik Farid thanking all the speakers, participants, organizing committee members, and staff members from the SPM department and the Dean’s office.
Report On Minda Sihat, Remaja Sihat Programme
Perumahan Awam Seri Negeri Sembilan
7th September 2019
The Minda Sihat, Remaja Sihat programme was hosted by the Centre for Population Health (CePH) and Department of Social and Preventive Medicine (SPM), Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology, University of Malaya (UM). This programme was also held for a community engagement under the Preventing Mental Health Problems among Malaysian Youth (RP057-17SBS) University of Malaya Research Grant (UMRG). This programme was held in collaboration with Kelab Rukun Tetangga (KRT) Perumahan Awam Seri Negeri Sembilan, KOSPEN Seri Negeri Sembilan and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) on the 7th September 2019 at Dataran PerumahanAwam (PA) Seri Negeri Sembilan. The main aim of this programme is to create awareness on mental health among youths and the community at PA Seri Negeri Sembilan.
A total of 118 participants attended the programme including children, youths, and adults. After registration, the participants were heartily welcomed by Encik Razali bin Mohd Sharife, Chair of KRT PA Seri Negeri Sembilan and Prof. Dr. Maznah binti Dahlui, Chair of the youth’s programme. Then, Encik Sukri bin Omar, Pegawai Perpaduan Daerah Sentul declared the program open. This was followed by a photography session with all the participants. To conclude the early morning session, a physical exercise session, led by Ms Nor Diyana binti Osman was carried out. After the morning tea break, a mental health talk entitled, Literasi Kesihatan Mental was delivered by Dr Nuraini binti Aziz. Following Dr Nuraini’s talk, a 30 minute forum was chaired by Encik Mohd Alif Idham bin Abd Hamid. In this Muda Moody forum Encik Abdul Rahim bin Hasnan and Ms Nor Syamimi binti Musa shared their experiences in handling depression and anxiety. A medical health check-up for adults and youth was conducted concurrently by KOSPEN PA Seri Negeri Sembilan and UM’s staffs from 8.00 am till 12 noon. The programme was continued with a mental health screening by Dr Haslina binti Muhamad which targeted youth aged 15-30. During the programme, the organizers also conducted a few lucky draws in between the sessions. Puan Nur Asyikin binti Yakub then delivered a talk on Teknik Menangani Emosi, carried out an Art Therapy session for youth and Colouring Contest for the children.
Kursus Asas COVID-19 Remaja
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