Chan Wen Li, an assistant professor at University of Nottingham Malaysia, says there is much to learn about supporting someone suffering a mental health crisis, as the Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on mental health.
Unicef, in its recently published report ‘The State of the World’s Children 2021’ highlighted that an estimated 13 per cent of adolescents aged 10-19, suffer from a diagnosed mental disorder.
Former shuttler Daphne Ng admits the lockdowns have left many, especially young children, unhappy and stressed. She says the best medicine is to ensure people stay active – even if it means sweating it out in groups remotely.
Focus on what you have instead of what you don’t. That can alter your perception in a more positive way, writes sports psychologist Elgin Voon.
As doctors in Russia encourage Covid-19 patients to do tai chi, martial artists and coaches in Malaysia are left mentally fatigued over the closure of gyms and ban on contact sports. Their mental health is now a major concern.
You feel sad because you had a bad year? Feel it. Don’t let anyone tell you things like “but you had it better than some people, you should be grateful”, writes sports psychologist Bryan Win.
If all we do is listen to someone so that we can find a solution for them, it’s more likely that the child won’t share his or her struggles. Let’s instead take the time to listen to understand rather than listen to “solve”.
It’s hard asking for help and support from a professional when you’re injured and are in a dark place. What is even more difficult is going through your problems alone.
Equipping students with mental health literacy will help create a generation of Malaysians who will be able to appreciate and understand the subject better.
Mind Gap’s #LuarBIASA campaign is to remind us that athletes experience many similar mental health issues and are just like any other human.
Current and former national athletes share how they face mental challenges in a virtual forum organised by Mind Gap in conjunction with World Mental Health Day yesterday.
Malaysia’s elite athletes must continue to sharpen their minds to ensure they stay on top of their game, says National Sports Institute’s psychology officer Philip Lew.
We need to keep our eyes and ears open and be on the lookout for our loved ones always. Rest in peace, Sanjiv Daevin.