Saudara saya yg tidak ada kena mengena dengan posting berkenaan, namun akan jadi admin blog SPU ini nanti apabila proses pemindahan hal milik telah selesai
PUTRAJAYA: A rising number of youths suffering from mental health issues has prompted the Government to launch a pilot project in four secondary schools to identify and address the situation.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the Health and Education ministries would jointly launch the project in the schools, which had been randomly selected.
The move was among efforts to identify those facing problems like stress and depression, and to help the students before the problems worsened and led to dire consequences, he said, adding that the increasing number of youths suffering from mental health issues was one reason such a programme was introduced at schools.
“According to my ministry’s National Health Mobility Survey, the number of people seeking medical attention for mental health problems was 10.6% in 1996 but this rose to 11.2%, with 6.4% having considered suicide, in 2006.
“We feel it is alarming that a high number of those seeking treatment in 2006 were those aged between 16 and 19, and those aged between 70 and 74 years,” Liow told a press conference after attending the Mental Health Advisory Council meeting here yesterday.
The pilot project, which will begin immediately, will be conducted at SM Sains in Teluk Intan, Perak; SMK Ahmad Badawi in Kepala Batas, Penang; SMK Simpang Bekok in Malacca; and SMK St Michael in Penampang, Sabah.
Under the project, students will be asked to take a mental health evaluation test to determine if they are facing any mental health issues and the level of the problem they are facing.
Liow said there were various reasons why those aged between 16 and 19 were more vulnerable to mental illness.
They included family problems and the inability to cope with the different kinds of pressure.
He said medication would also be given if experts who examined the students felt they needed it.
“We will take good care of them,” he said.
Mental Health Advisory Council member Dr Omar Mihat said the project would involve selected teachers being trained to translate the results of the tests and determine if students were suffering from problems and advise them on what they could do on their own to reduce stress or depression.
“The project will be over six months to gauge its effectiveness. We expect to introduce it in schools nationwide by the end of the year once we have ironed out any teething problems,” he said.
National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng said such a mental health programme in schools needed careful implementation.
“Mental health is still a very sensitive issue in our society. Before the programme is carried out, it is very important that parents are aware of its objective and the mental health evaluation test that their children have to take,” she said when contacted yesterday.
National Parent-Teacher Association Collaborative Council president Assoc Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Ali Hasan said the programme should aim at identifying the causes of and ways to help students overcome mental health problems.
“This programme should involve both students and their parents.
“It is important to determine students’ backgrounds to better understand the factors that make them suffer from mental problems,” he added.
Sesekali membaca surat khabar orang 'putis', hehe! Bukan main berlagaknya aku. Bukan apa, nak buat 'eksen' pada orang-orang kampong je. Bukan faham sangatpun apa yang ditulis tu. Cuma rasanya program kerajaan dan berkaitan dengan pendidikan ini memang patut disambut baik.
Kalau di Pahang, pilot projek amat sesuai dibuat di Jerantut, bukan saja melibatkan pelajar bahkan guru-gurunya juga patut dilibatkan sama. Bekas guru pun boleh juga terutama yang berjawatan besar diperingkat negeri (hehe!)
Walau apapun dalam projek ini janganlah dilupakan seorang blogger 'picisan; di Jerantut, juga seorang guru yang sangat-sangat wajar dinamakan sebagai salah seorang yang patut diberikan perhatian dalam projek berkenaan. Ini berdasarkan kepada tulisan-tulisan dan wawasannya seperti yang dinyatakan didalam blognya, yang bukan saya berfikir dilurak 'kotak' fikiran bahkan diluar 'otak' dan kewarasan. (Seperti kata UD...bagaimana nak pastikan lebah hanya bersarang di pohon tualang sahaja dan mengeluarkan madu gred A bertaraf dunia, hehe! Klik sini)
Seperti dikatakan tadi, bukan saja murid yang patut diberikan tumpuan dalam projek ini nanti, tetapi para guru dan bekas-bekas guru. Bekas guru yang memimpin negeri tetapi negeri berkenaan tidak maju-maju juga kerana masalah bekas guru berkenaan secara peribadinya, justru bekas guru tersebut patut juga disenaraikan dalam projek ini.