PINTAR-UTAR Mental Health Literacy Programme

Seventy school counsellors participated in two sessions of training from 3-5 May and 17-19 May – under the PINTAR-UTAR Mental Health Programme (PUMP) in collaboration with Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Kampar campus. 

The programme aims at training secondary school counsellors and improve their knowledge on mental health and attitude towards mental health issues.

It was reported by Institute of Public Health (2015) that 12.1% of Malaysian children aged 5-15 years old are experiencing significant psychological distress. 

Mental health problem among children are likely to result in a wide range of adverse consequences such as poor academic performance, drug abuse, violence and etc. 

Poor awareness among teachers about the issues is one of the main barriers of early identification and intervention of students who need help. 

Therefore, there is a need to equip school counsellors with the basic knowledge on mental health issues PUMP is a 12-month comprehensive programme developed to increase active involvement of mental health professional in providing training to target teachers and further supports the students’ development in the secondary schools. 

The programme focuses on PINTAR schools located in northern (Perlis, Kedah and Penang), central (Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan) and southern region (Melaka and Johor).