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Excessive stress, anxiety common in Brunei

THE two mental health problems identified in Brunei Darussalam are excessive stress and anxiety, said Committee member (Logistics and Public Relations) of the Mental Health Initiative and Drive (MhIND) project Siti Syamsiah binti Jumaat citing a study carried out by Dr Ho in 2017.

This is why the matter is seen to be of high importance to be discussed at this time, as the most affected age group in the Sultanate according to the project is between 13 to 17, she said adding that the issue of mental health was chosen as the main focus of the MhIND Project because of this.

She made these comments during the launch of the inaugural Mental Health Roadshow organised by the Mental Health Initiative and Drive (MhIND) Project by Belia Warriors at Laksamana College of Business (LCB) yesterday.

The roadshow was held in conjunction with World Mental Health Day 2018 on October 10.

Guest of honour Legislative Council (LegCo) member Yang Berhormat Iswandy bin Ahmad launched the event.

Legislative Council (LegCo) member Yang Berhormat Iswandy bin Ahmad tours the booths. – RAHWANI ZAHARI

Themed ‘Young Adults in a Changing World’, 15 booths were set up. The main booths comprised the Deen Booth which is a mental health booth through an Islamic perspective, a Mental Health Screening booth, Movie Screening, Mental Health Exhibition, stress handling methods, Fitness booth, the Assalamualaikum Project, Letter Message Exchange Booth, Photo Booth, Pledge Booth, and a Bunny café where the public could relax and rest with rabbits which were brought as a form of mind therapy, as well as various games and quizzes related to mental health.

Siti Syamsiah said the MhIND Project comprises six government officers from various ministries carrying out the third cohort of the Young Executive Programme (YEP) organised by the Civil Service Institute (IPA) and the Public Service Department (JPA) at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

The MhIND Project has carried out two initiatives. One is the Stress Management Workshop along with counsellors and a number of students from higher education institutions in Brunei Darussalam. The other is a highlight of MhIND Project’s initiative, the Mental Health Roadshow will be held in three higher education institutions beginning with Laksamana College of Business (LCB) from noon to 6pm, in Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) on Wednesday, October 10, and Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) on October 13 from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Politeknik Brunei, Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB), and Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) as well as the public are invited to the roadshow to reap benefits.

The MhIND Project is also organising an Instagram Video Competition themed ‘Open Up’ where the fourth initiative welcomes the public to share any videos related to mental health through their own creativity until October 13.

The MhIND Project intends to provide an in-depth understanding of mental health issues and preserve them as well as eliminate the stereotypes and stigmas that arise in relation to mental health problems, providing platforms and support for people talking about mental health problems more openly, sharing rules who are wise in dealing with the problem and disseminate information on professional individuals and the right places to seek help as well as to encourage the public to seek help without hesitation.

The project also aims to increase public support for people with mental health problems.