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Mind matters: an approach to increase understanding of mental illness among the engineering students

Lee, Ming Foong and Ahmad, Raihatul Jannah (2014) Mind matters: an approach to increase understanding of mental illness among the engineering students. In: International Integrated Engineering Summit (IIES 2014), 1-4 December 2014, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Johor.

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Abstract

Students with mental health issues often encounter a variety of difficult challenges at institutions of higher education. students with good mental health are more successful in school. Students with good mental health can cope with the normal stress of life, can work productively and able to make a contribution to their community. However, rapidly changing society has been impacted on students’ mental health. Mental health may be deteriorated and negatively influence on their studied if it is not controlled. This article reports on a study of the mental health level comparison among the engineering and non-engineering students. Based on the DASS model, the most dominant element in student mental health problems were highlighted in three elements, namely depression, anxiety and stress. Also, students preferred method for dealing with mental health problems were identified through this study. A total number of 180 students from five faculties in UTHM were random selected to be the samples. The results showed that the level of mental health among the students are normal. Besides, the results also showed that there is no significant difference in mental health level between engineering and non-engineering students. The method of choice to handle mental health problems for the students are closer to the Gods, but taking medicines is the least preferred method. In conclusion, the role of the university counseling unit should be reinforced, creating a module of Mental Health Education at the tertiary education level, and to diversify infrastructure for students recreational facilities

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: mental health level; engineering and non-engineering student; DASS
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB3602 School life. Student manners and customs
Divisions: Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education > Department of Professional Education
Depositing User: Mrs. Nurhayati Ali
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2015 06:56
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2015 06:56
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/6490
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