In conjunction with the World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, the Ministry of Education (MOE), Sunway University, Monash University and Taylor’s University jointly organised the Return to Light (RTL): A Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Campaign.
The 2-day campaign on 11th and 12th September 2019, is an effort to empower and engage university students throughout Malaysia. Empowering students to grow holistically in mind and spirit.
The campaign aims to ensure that students understand the challenges they face and how they can support their peers in those situations. The campaign aims to provide them with the knowledge to conduct proper and healthy self-care, and to have the courage to seek help when necessary.
The campaign was launched by Yang Berhormat Michelle Ng, Selangor State Assemblywoman for Subang Jaya together with Yang Berusaha Dr Zaid Omar, Director of Holistic Student Division, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education Malaysia; Dr Elizabeth Lee, Chief Executive Director, Sunway Education Group; Lee Siok Ping, Director of Student LIFE, Sunway Education Group; Janaronson Nagarajah, Associate Director, Centre for Future Learning (Student Development), Taylor’s University; and Na Mui Gee, Head of Counselling, Health and Wellness Services, Student Life, Monash University.
In her keynote speech, YB Ng stated statistics given by the Ministry of Health Malaysia, where 10% of the 32 million population have contemplated suicide. The National Health and Morbidity Survey 2015 results showed that 3 in 10 people suffered from some form of mental health issue.
“Mental health is a collective responsibility. It is the responsibility of employers, as much as teachers, parents and students. Every person has an important role to play”
She also highlighted the efforts by various Ministries and departments in regards to mental health and suicide prevention. The efforts include collaborations between the Ministry of Communications and eight telecommunications operators providing toll-free helplines for the BeFrienders;
The Ministry of Education announcing a plan to increase the number of school counsellors; the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development launched the Talian Kasih Helpline (15999), a one-stop centre which offers counselling and other services for immediate help; and the Ministry of Health will also be announcing a nationwide mental health campaign ‘Let’s Talk Malaysia’ in October 2019, to encourage Malaysian to talk about mental health.
Over 40 counsellors from various private centres, public and private universities, and more than 250 students from both public and private universities, participated in the 2-day event. It is hoped that at the end of the campaign, each would return to their respective organisations with additional knowledge on mental health; where mental health practitioners would be more effective in their work to support students on campus; and students will be empowered to support their peers who are in need.
The Return to Light (RTL) campaign hopes to create a support cycle and safety net to battle against the rising suicide rates and mental health issues among the young. Mental health is expected to be the second largest health problem affecting Malaysians after heart diseases by 2020.
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