SEGi University recently held an Oath Taking & Appreciation Ceremony for Peer Counsellors, an event that recognised the contribution of former peer counsellors while welcoming newly elected peer counsellors. Held on the 31st of March 2023 at Auditorium A, the event was graced by Alice and Hana, registered counsellors of SEGi University.
Peer counsellors are a group of selected students trained with basic counselling skills to offer support and guidance to their peers who may be struggling with emotional distress, loneliness, anxiety, depression, and other personal issues. They maintain a positive attitude and non-judgmental listening skills, which are crucial in addressing the mental health challenges of university students.
According to a study by the Malaysian Ministry of Health, the prevalence of mental health disorders among university students has increased over the years, with depression and anxiety being the most common disorders. The study revealed that around 11.2% of university students in Malaysia suffer from depression, while 18.3% suffer from anxiety. The study further highlighted that only 1 in 5 students seek help from a mental health professional.
The role of peer counsellors in addressing mental health challenges among university students is crucial, as they are often the first point of contact for students in need of emotional support. A study by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) found that peer support programs improve mental health outcomes by providing a sense of community and belongingness for individuals experiencing mental health challenges.
The Peer Counsellor program at SEGi University is a testament to the institution’s commitment to student well-being. Through this program, students are provided with access to mental health support services that are readily available and accessible to them. The program’s effectiveness is evident in the increasing number of students seeking support from peer counsellors.
At the Oath Taking & Appreciation Ceremony for Peer Counsellors, former peer counsellors were recognised for their invaluable contribution to the mental health and well-being of their peers. The newly elected peer counsellors were also welcomed into the program, where they will continue to serve their fellow students and offer vital support to those in need.
The ceremony was a celebration of the dedication and commitment of the peer counsellors to the well-being of their peers. It serves as a reminder of the importance of peer support programs in addressing the mental health challenges facing university students today.