Walk to raise awareness on bullying

James Kon

The Health Promotion Centre (HPC) through its Mental Health Strategy Group with the support of the Student Affairs Section, Department of Schools, Ministry of Education and Information Department will organise the ‘Brunei Bebas Buli Walk’ or ‘Bully-Free Brunei Walk’ event on September 1 to raise awareness on the issue among children and teenagers in the country.

The 3.5km walk around the centre of the capital has already attracted the participation of around 555 individuals. Participants have until August 24 to register for the event at the Aewon Headquarters in Kiarong or The Airport Mall branch as well as online.

Details of the event were shared yesterday at the HPC by Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health Strategy Lead at the HPC Nor Syahmun binti Haji Matassan, Head of Students Welfare, Department of Schools at the Ministry of Education Hajah Jeriah binti Haji Duraman, Marketing Executive at Aewon Brunei Francesca Chong Jia Yi and Health Education Officer at the HPC Muhammad Yusuf bin Haji Abdul Rahim.

The event is in line with the recommendation of the World Health Organization’s Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020.

According to Nor Syahmun, Bully-free Brunei Walk is a follow up to the Bully-Free Brunei Campaign launched by Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Iswandy bin Ahmad on July 21, 2018.

It is also one of the activities planned in addition to the Bully-Free Brunei workshop programme that was carried out in all four districts and attended by students, parents, teachers, and counsellors from 42 schools.

A dawn lecture will be held before the walk at Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque. Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jafar will launch the walk.

A Bully-Free Brunei exhibition hosted by a number of agencies, a drama performance by Berakas Secondary School students and cycling activities will also be held.

Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health Strategy Lead at the HPC Nor Syahmun binti Haji Matassan; Head of Students Welfare, Department of Schools at the Ministry of Education Hajah Jeriah binti Haji Duraman; Marketing Executive at Aewon Brunei Francesca Chong Jia-yi and Health Education Officer at the HPC Muhammad Yusuf bin Haji Abdul Rahim at the press conference. PHOTO: JAMES KON