Awareness on mental health should be enhanced among teachers and students as they face the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and its challenges on their daily lives said Director of Islamic Studies Department (JPI) at the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MORA) Haji Shamshol bin Haji Omar.
The director said a Syifa line has been opened for parents and students to report on mental health, and have enhance ties with the authorities to support effective mental health in religious education.
He made these comments at a forum on mental health was organised on Thursday by the (JPI) to raise awareness on its impacts and generate support for mental health care, in conjunction with World Mental Health Day. The forum at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Girls Arabic Religious Secondary School was attended by over 250 officers, principals and staff at the JPI.
It touched on the importance of mental health in both physical and spiritual aspects of well-being.
At the forum, Public Health Psychologist Fauziyyah Hanani binti Haji Abdul Manap said mental health can be related to physical health similar to a non-communicable disease (NCD).
Contributing factors that influence mental health covers a person’s biology, psychology, social and spiritual models, he said.
Another panellist, Special Duties Officer at the MoRA Muhammad Yussof bin Haji Abdul Majid emphasised the importance of mental healthcare. He said mental health is sometimes given less attention as it is not as obvious compared to physical ill health.
“Our emotions are related to mental health and we should take care of it,” he said.