Ummi Khalsum binti Haji Mislee emerged champion of the ‘Take a Break: Living in the New Normal (Post COVID-19): Looking After Your Mental Health’ video competition yesterday.
Her video submission was based on her experience of overcoming mental health issues when she suffered from COVID-19.
Ummi Khalsum, a final year student in nursing at Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences (PAPRSB IHS) Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), said, “I was surprised that I won first place.”
Sharing the inspiration behind her video, she said, “It was about the time I tested positive for the virus, how it affected my mental health and how I addressed it before it became worse.”
Ummi, who received BND650 in prize money, said, “I am a really shy person and I was nervous about acting in public places.”
Nazatul Erna Natasha binti Aminuddin came in second, receiving BND500 while Noorzawanah binti Jubli in third place, receiving BND350.
Meanwhile, Noor Angela Asyramisyanie binti Abdullah won the Most Liked Video and Puteri Wulandari won the Most Inspiring Video.
The competition was organised by Final Year Nursing Cohort 11 of PAPRSB IHS, UBD – Nurfahlin binti Haji Mohd Yussof, Mohd Hafiy Waqiuddin bin Haji Supry, Dayangku Al Umairah binti Pengiran Haji Asyura, Nur Aida Farhanah binti Haji Ade Suhardy and Rahidah binti Ibrahim – who collaborated with Brunei Methanol Company Sdn Bhd (BMC).
It was supervised by UBD lecturers Dr Deeni Rudita Idris and Agong Lupat with Iswandy Ahmad from BMC.
The ceremony was held at the Pro Chancellor Arts Centre in UBD.
BMC Chief Executive Officer Kaneshige Kubushiro presented the prizes.
The project aimed at raising awareness on the importance of health post-COVID while highlighting the significance of taking a break to reflect on the state of one’s mental health.
Nurfahlin said, “Taking a break is a short but powerful reminder that it is alright to pause, especially in the fast-pace world where we have to navigate our way back and re-adjust to the changes that have taken place as a result of the pandemic. It is not only vital to take care of our own mental health but also important to be aware of others.
“We also raised awareness through leaflets, posters and videos on Instagram and TikTok.
“Our project, with the support of volunteers from BMC, staff and students from PAPRSB IHS, UBD, also participated in the Bandarku Ceria programme to interact with members of the public to talk about mental health. Within three months, our Instagram page gained 28,200 followers. We also come into contact with approximately 300 people over two days at Bandarku Ceria,” she added.