Minister of Health’s Message in Conjunction with World Mental Health Day 2018

Teenagers and young adults are age groups that encounter many changes in their lives. For most people, it is an interesting life stage where they learn the meaning of life. However, the life journey at this stage of life can cause overwhelming stress, fear and anxiety. According to the Minister of Health, if this matter is not identified and controlled early, these emotions can bring about mental health issues.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar highlighted the matter in a message in conjunction with this year’s World Mental Health Day which carries the theme “Belia Muda dan Kesihatan Mental Dalam Perubahan Dunia”, or “Youth and Mental Health in a Changing World”. Yang Berhormat said that today’s youth face various forms of stress and are exposed to challenges in their daily life, especially in this modern era with rapid global changes day to day. Stress and challenges can appear from aspects either in the physical or virtual world. Therefore, it is important to identify issues that can be faced by today’s youth and continue to provide attention, awareness and support on these issues.

The Ministry of Health through the Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Seleha Hospital, recorded nearly 600 consultations carried out in 2016. Suicide and bullying issues in the country is becoming more of a concern. The government of His Majesty the Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam through the Ministry of Health has prepared a mental health program for youth, including the ‘Brunei Bebas Buli’ or ‘Brunei Free From Bullying’ campaign and the ‘Jaga Minda’ or ‘Taking Care of Your Mind’ programme. Aside from this, a hotline for mental health assistance in Brunei Darussalam will also be established in the near future. In this regard, the country’s youth and stakeholders are urged to work together in establishing a number of platforms that will enable open discussions, in order to help the youth become and play a role as a catalyst in stopping the stigma, supporting acceptance and empathy towards those with mental illness, and also promote the importance of good mental health.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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