Psychology UGM presented a seminar about mental health. Prof. Therese Hesketh Ph.D. had the opportunity to become a speaker at the seminar. Therese is currently a Professor at University College London (UCL). Therese is also listed as Professor of Global Health at Zhejiang University and Consultant for Public Health in the UK. Mental Health For Indigenous Culture and Community is an editorial that was carried out in this seminar. The seminar was attended by students from several programs at the UGM Faculty of Psychology. This seminar was held on March 18, 2019, at G-100. In accordance with the headline carried out in the seminar, the discussion of the seminar focused on Mental Health. The discussion in general addresses the importance of the existence of quite dominant adolescents, mental health in adolescents and their prevalence, protective factors and risk factors, specific situations in China, and discussions around preventing mental health in adolescents.
Therese said that teenagers have a great potential. This matter refers to data where 20% of the world’s population is inhabited by teenagers. But unfortunately, this potential number is accompanied by problems that occur in several countries such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, drug abuse, addiction, and eating disorder.
Therese also added that the personal issue, family issue, and school issue is a risk factor and the cause of problems that hit adolescents. But actually, there are protective factors, such as good health and nutrition, attachment, good parenting, stable family environment, living conditions, good school performance.
Referring to the example in the UK, interventions to address mental health already exist in the UK. Therese exemplifies that preventive actions such as the existence of school-based programs are facilitated by the UK’s government. While to reach multisector starting from primary care, child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS), service to problems of eating disorders, addiction, and self-harm.
in addition to the facts about UK which she considered to be one of the countries with prevention in minimizing the problems of children and adolescents, he also presented other facts from China. As a Professor who also conducts observations in China. He added several conditions that could be seen in China related to mental health issues. An example is the implementation of a one-child policy. The consequences of the one-child policy make parents more responsible for education or other aspects.
On the final session, she discussed the massive acceleration of socio-economy can provide its own changes. Children who are classified as underdeveloped tend to be vulnerable to psychological, emotional and behavioral problems.