| Abdul Hakiim Yakof |
THIRD Year Medicine students Abdul Hakim bin Abdul Rahman, Kua Pee Ling and Dk Zafirah Hakimah binti Pg Samsul Bahri from PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences (IHS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), yesterday held the second day of its Mental Health Awareness campaign, as part of their community-based project for their “Special Study Module” at the Student Centre, UBD.
The campaign was also held in conjunction with World Mental Health Day celebrated on October 10.
The three-day campaign began on October 9.
The first day featured a talk by Dr Hilda Ho, Head of Department of Psychiatry.
She presented a lecture that addressed the common mental health problems.
The second day saw a mini workshop titled “Keeping A Good Mental Health: Automatic Thoughts”, which was aimed at making people aware of “automatic thinking” and how easy people jump into conclusions without rationalising their reaction.
Conducting the workshop were Kua and Dk Zafirah Hakimah.
The participants, comprising UBD students, were directed to work in groups to brainstorm.
The purpose of the event was to combat the stigma towards mental illness.
The awareness campaign also features an exhibition showcasing posters on mental health problems such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety and etc.
The exhibition also features a “board of encouragement” where visitors, participants and committee members can share positives quotes.
The Department of Psychiatry, RIPAS Hospital, has also provided banners and pamphlets on mental health to shed more light on the subject.
Assisting the awareness campaign were fellow medicine students and volunteers.
The last day of the awareness campaign will feature a movie forum.
Participants can watch the movie “Silver Linings Playbook” which will be followed by a discussion session.
This will be followed by a gathering session where anonymous letters gathered throughout the duration of the awareness campaign will be read out by the participants.
The session is aimed at providing solutions for the problems raised from the anonymous letters, to encourage and motivate the anonymous authors.