Parent-children relationship key to strong mental development

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - The Executive Community Service and Student Welfare (ECS), Student Representative Council 2017/18 organised a mental health briefing at the Senate Room of the Chancellor Hall of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) yesterday.

The guest of honour was Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Innovation and Enterprise) of UBD Associate Professor Dr Mohammad Ayub Sadiq @ Lin Naing.

The briefing, in conjunction with World Mental Health Day 2018 was delivered by Head of Psychiatry Services at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital Dr Hilda Ho.

Dr Hilda Ho underlined the importance of childhood development where parent and children relationship provide a template for future relationship and influences subsequent behaviours and relationship.

“Children with secure attachment are able to explore their environment freely because they know they have a secure base to return to in times of need,” said Dr Hilda Ho.

“Secure attachment enables the young person to mature and gain autonomy as they develop and securely attached young people do better in terms of social and emotional functions. Meanwhile, insecure attachment is associated with social behavioural and psychological problem in adolescence and adulthood,” she added.

She also shared on temperament and resilience in children in which not all children respond to adversity or difficult circumstance in the same way; some might cope better than others.

Among the objectives of the event were to share tips in handling negative emotions, managing life, strengthen resilient and sharing information on obtaining mental health assistance.