KUCHING: Youth members of the Malaysian Red Crescent recently took part in a virtual telematch to raise the importance of mental health in dealing with learning challenges.
Twenty-one students from SMK Batu Lintang, SMK Bandar Kuching No. 1 and SM Chung Hua Middle School No. 1 here took part in the event held via Google Meet app.
Section leader of Red Crescent Youth Unit (RCYU) No. 19 SMK Batu Lintang, Joel Pang Kai Chen conducted the programme involving the youth members from the three schools.
The virtual programme highlights issues of mental health and cyberbullying affecting youths globally.
“No one should ever be bullied be it physically or virtually and we are using this platform to advocate for this cause and to encourage the victims to find their voice.
“I’m really proud of the organising committee who spent countless hours rehearsing and planning; the turn-up made it all worth it,” he said.
The telematch consisted of various games such as word puzzles, word search, detective games, undercover games among others which raise awareness on cyberbullying and mental health.
A participant, Kendrick Lim Ken Lik, said the games were awesome and fun.
“A really big thumbs-up to all of the players and the station masters. I really enjoyed this event, thank you to all committee members from the three schools,” he said.
Alicia Claire Alexander, also a participant, shared that the activities were fun, and the event highlighted the issues of mental health and cyberbullying.
Ho Jia Yiing, a teacher-advisor from SMK Batu Lintang applauded the initiative and interschool collaborations among student leaders.
“As our teens are spending longer hours on social media nowadays, it is hoped that parents, teachers and peers pay more attention to youths who are showing signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety and sudden withdrawals from close friends and family,” she said.