Youth writing contest on suicide prevention

Soon showing a poster on the Python Programming Essentials workshop which is part of the Youth Career Enhancement Workshop series by PYDC.

TO raise awareness on suicide prevention and depression, the Penang government is organising a column-writing competition for those who wish to demonstrate their creativity.

State youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee said the contest is open to those aged between 15 and 30 from Penang or staying in the state with no limit on entries.

Themed ‘Youth for Future: Fight Depression’, the contest marks Suicide Prevention Month in September.

“The essays must not be longer than 300 words and the contest closing date is Oct 20,” he said at a press conference in Komtar.

Soon said participants can scan the QR code on the poster or on the Facebook page of Penang Youth Development Corporation (PYDC).

The three best entries in each category – Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mandarin and Tamil – will win RM200 cash each.

Details, visit PYDC Facebook page, call 04-236 1111 or email

Also at the press conference were PYDC general manager Dr Gwee Sai Ling and PYDC director Joseph Ng, who is also Ayer Itam assemblyman.

Soon added that PYDC would be organising Youth Career Enhancement Workshops from October to December.

“Through this initiative, we hope to help youths improve their soft and technical skills to increase their marketability.

“Two digital skill workshops will be held. The Python Programming Essentials workshop will be held online on Oct 11,18, 25, and Nov 8, 22 and 29, from 8.30am to noon.

“The registration fee is RM100 but participants can pay using the programme vouchers offered at the previous workshops.

“The certificate presentation and closing ceremony will be held on Dec 6,” he said.

Soon said the other workshops would be held at PYDC at 22A, The Whiteaways Arcade in Beach Street.

“The registration fee for the other workshops is RM20 each which includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and certificate.

“Log in to the PYDC Facebook page to register.

“Each workshop is open to 30 participants only and priority will be given to Penangites aged between 18 and 35 years old.

“Any enquiries, email,” he said.

Soon asked educational institutions and agencies who wished to collaborate with PYDC to communicate directly with the corporation.

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