A 3-day awareness campaign on depression entitled Off the Blue kicked-off today with a forum entitled Adult Depression, which was held at Han Chiang University College of Communication.
The forum featured D’Home Mental Health Association specialist advisor Professor Finian O’Brien and two depression sufferers Matthew Tan Wee Kit and Sukhveer Kaur as speakers.
It is one of the programmes lined up from July 6 to July 8, aimed to raise awareness on depression among youth as well as decrease the public stigma towards people with the illness.
Campaign chairperson Chong Qiao Lin said this is the right time for people to start to be aware of and have a better understanding about the illness as the number of depression cases has increased.
“After noticing that many suicide cases have increased including those happening in Malaysia because of depression, it triggered us to increase public awareness on the illness, especially among young people through a campaign.
“The team has also designed a dark room, which features different graphics and elements for the public to ‘experience’ the inner feelings that depression sufferers go through during the different stages,” she said.
Off the Blue, which is co-organised by D’home Mental Health Association will continue with the Dark Room experience and exhibition tomorrow (July 7), as well as a Captain Ball Competition on the final day of the campaign.
Meanwhile, Professor Finian said that it is important to raise awareness on depression, as most victims do not realise that their feelings or emotions could be possibly linked to the illness.
“Mental health issues have always been the topics that received less attention from people.
“We are glad to collaborate with this team because they showed great dedication and commitment to learn many new things in order to produce a meaningful campaign,” he said.
Off The Blue is sponsored by Aim Max Media Sdn Bhd, Han Chiang Ex Pupils Association, The Starting Line Sdn Bhd, N4 Camera Store Sdn Bhd, Mr Wong Chee Chai, Printbud Solution, Woah Motion Pictures Production, Zenotec Pharma Sdn Bhd, Madam Liong & Son Vacations & Conventions Sdn Bhd, MCA Youth Bahagian Merbok, Ban Leong Furnishing Sdn Bhd, US Pizza, Shan Cheng Durian Penang, M Colour Printing Sdn Bhd, HHC Jaya (M) Sdn Bhd, Merry Me Dessert Cafe, J Print Studio Sdn Bhd, Mr Khor Tham Kwang and Tees Plus Sdn Bhd.