On 10th November, over 100 SUSS staff and students gathered to hear from Professor Daniel Fung, CEO of the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), as part of ‘The 3H Series’ – Head, Heart, Habit, our education philosophy to inculcate professional mastery, social responsibility and habit of lifelong learning.
Organised to provide a platform for students to learn from eminent scholars, thought leaders and influential professionals in their field of work, the series boasts a wealth of information across pertinent knowledge, experiences and insights of industry trends to enrich our students’ learning.
As mental wellbeing rose to the fore with the pandemic outbreak, everyone was excited about the talk which explored concepts surrounding the dimensions of mental health, mental illness and its stigmas, as well as strategies and various types of social support that individuals can adopt.
Dr Daniel Fung sharing his views on mental health as a child psychiatrist.
By the end of the talk, many questions surfaced from curious listeners. One of them asked about ways to encourage youths suffering from mental conditions to seek help. Swiftly addressing this, Professor Daniel replied that while the prescribed approach is to attend counselling sessions, a more tactical approach would be to provide mental health sufferers with options to assist them. This would make them more receptive and enable them to gain control over their struggles. Furthermore, since most youths are digital natives, it is useful to suggest various online support sites either through anonymous chats or informative portals on mental health. All in all, the talk was positively received by all the attendees!
If you or someone you know is experiencing dips in emotional or psychological wellbeing with the COVID-19 situation due to issues with school, work or family and needs a listening ear, do not hesitate to reach out to the National Care Hotline: 1800-202-6868 (8am - 12am daily).
Laughing about life and worrying less contribute to good mental wellbeing.