Equipping youth with skills to combat mental health issues

James Kon

Thirty-three participants aged 18-28 yesterday completed the Peer Empathise and Embracing Resilience (PEER) programme at the Games Village in Berakas.

The guest of honour at the closing ceremony was Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin.

The minister in his message to the participants said, “I hope that this PEER programme is not the last, and will be continued.

“I would like to have an open session with the participants.” He also highlighted the importance of continuous learning among youth, along with the ability to listen to the problems of others.

The main objective of PEER is to equip youth with the necessary skills to identify mental health issues among their peers, in addition to solving issues through discussion and self-expression.

The three-day programme was organised by the Community Development Department (JAPEM) under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS), together with the collaboration of the Health Promotion Centre under the Ministry of Health (MoH), the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), Empowerior Counselling and Consultancy, Syababul Iman Youth Group, Medley House Production and Soul Industry.

Participants during the event. PHOTO: JAMES KON