Spotlight on mental health of Brunei children


Rina Rahmad with Persatuan Mawar members and participants in a group photo.- PERSATUAN MAWAR

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/Asia News Network): In conjunction with the World Mental Health Day celebration, Persatuan Mawar organised a virtual online session under the Mawar Series titled, ‘Children’s Mental Health in Brunei Darussalam’.

The event, in collaboration with Psychology Officer in Public Health at the Ministry of Health (MoH) Rina @ Ramizah Rahmad, garnered 100 participants along with Persatuan Mawar members.

The session focused on the Covid-19 outbreak spreading in the Sultanate affecting many including children and adolescents. Among the impacts of concern is mental health, especially among children, who do not have the knowledge nor exposure to healthy and safe ways to deal with stress.

If mental health symptoms are not addressed properly, there will be more serious effects in the long run, it was revealed.

The sharing session aimed to provide awareness and understanding, especially to parents and guardians, on the existence of mental stress among the children in the Sultanate, and identify the types of mental health problems faced by them.

One of the association’s main objectives in holding the session was to explore ways to prevent mental health problems among children and to help them in dealing with issues related to mental health.

The second series, set for Nov 7, will discuss children’s mental health in depth and how to overcome mental health issues.

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