Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
WHY IS YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY IMPORTANT TO YOU?
In a world where so many people are telling us that we are not good enough, I think we could use more voices that tell us we are worth it, we are good, and we are enough.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE MENTAL HEALTH IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
Mental health in Brunei is relatively new in awareness. Although awareness has increased, the efforts are still not enough to break the stigma in the community. I aim to be part of the change.
PROPOSED FELLOWSHIP PROJECT
Project: Mental Health Handbook Drive
The Mental Health Handbook Drive is an initiative by JIWA (Joint Initiative for the Wellbeing of All) aiming to distribute mental health booklets to all secondary schools in Brunei with over 33,000 students. The handbook provides mental health advice to all students by psychologists from the Health Promotion Centre and the Ministry of Health
The project aims to address the following issues in order to establish a student community where they are sensitive to each other's wellbeing:
- Mental Health Stigma
- School Wellness
- Domestic and Sexual Abuse
- Suicide Prevention
- Teacher to student relationship
The problem that we aim to solve is the lack of conversations happening around the subject of student mental health where they are expected to perform academically well while mentally compromising themselves. with this project, we aim to create a standardised handbook where every student has the right to be educated on how to take care of their wellbeing.
In the long term we aim to create not only a compassionate society amongst its people, but also a resilient one where they are prepared for the challenges such as the pandemic.