Mental health is a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. Young people with a good sense of mental well-being possess problem-solving skills, social competence and a sense of purpose. These assets help them rebound from any setbacks that might occur, thrive in the face of poor circumstances, avoid risk-taking behaviour and generally continue a productive life (The World Health Organization or WHO, 2012).
WHO Geneva 2013 Report had found that about 20% of the adolescents (young people between the ages of 10 and 19 years) suffer from various mental problems such as depression and anxiety which may lead to suicidal tendency. There is a need to map action of non-governmental organizations and other international development organization to promote mental health among the adolescents. Such project focuses on identifying gaps in policy frameworks, training tools and implementation of interventions for the promotion of psychosocial well-being and mental health care in adolescents.
A variety of training materials aiming to improve competencies for the promotion of youth psychosocial well-being and provision of care have been developed and used by NGOs and UN agencies. They often target vulnerable adolescents, their peers, teachers, families and communities.
Kajian Kesihatan Morbiditi Kebangsaan 2006 & 2011 (Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia, 2014) that revealed an alarming figure of Malaysian children and adolescents suffer from mental problem had risen from 19.3% in 2006 to 20% in 2010, as a result, the Malaysian Ministry of Education had realized the urgency to help the young people to cope better had collaborate with the Ministry of Health to implement The Mental Health to kick start a mental health programme known as the Program Mental Sihat since 2014 at nation wide level. It aims at helping the Form four students to cope and manage their emotional stress. The School Counsellors and the Students Affair (HEP) Unit are entrusted with the implementation of the project that aims at:
- advocate the awareness among the teachers and students the importance of mental health,
- identify the early symptoms of emotional disturbances among students through screening for case of stress, anxiety and depression,
- providing the relevant skill in counselling to teachers to help students with mental health problem,
- helping the students to acquire stress management and coping skills,
- refer students with need to the psychiatrist if necessary.
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