IMU Peer Support Club and IMU AMSA organised a Mental Health Day on 13 September 2017, with the theme “Depression: Let’s Talk” providing the IMU community with a platform to openly share and discuss about depression. The day started off with an exhibition about depression, such as what depression is, ways to treat and cope with depression, helping individuals who are depressed, and the misconceptions the public generally have about depression. Besides this, there was also a guided station for “Make your own stress balls” for students. At this station, students are given the opportunity to create their own stress balls using flour and balloon to get the right texture and right feel to release their tension. There was also a 2-hour forum, themed “Depression: Let’s Talk” held at the IMU Auditorium from 1pm to 3pm. Four panel speakers from various mental health backgrounds shared their professional knowledge and personal experiences with depression.
|Dr Abdul Rasyid Sulaiman (Clinical Psychiatrist and an IMU Lecturer)||Talked about the prevalence of Depression and the diagnostic criteria of Major Depressive Disorder|
|Datin Dr Ang Kim Teng (Public Health Specialist)||Shared about the services Malaysian Mental Health Association provide to the public, as well as her own experience with her family member’s depression|
|Ivy Tan (Counsellor & Programme Manager of Science of Life Studies 24/7 Health)||Shed some light on combining medication and psychotherapy to treat depression|
|Madam Poh Kim Peng (Vice President of Malaysian Mental Health Association)||Gave precious insights into the life of a depressed person by sharing her own experiences with depression while caring for her children with mental disorders.|
The speakers also highlighted the importance of everyone learning to identify signs of depression so that it can be treated early.
More than 100 people attended the forum. There was an overwhelming number of questions from the audience during the Q&A session. Many positive feedback and encouraging support were received through the evaluation forms from the audience. Overall, the audience responded that the forum has greatly increased their understanding of depression and what they can do to help.