Youth Mental Health Day
The Department of Psychology (DP) started in 1994 with the Bachelor’s Program and has offered a Master Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology since 2008. Up to the present, Psychology has been continuing to become more popular and in demand for the Cambodian people and it also plays a very important role in helping people who have psycho-social problems as well as the development of Cambodian society in general. Cambodia is still suffering under the consequences of the crimes against humanity committed by the regime of “Democratic Kampuchea” (1975-79). A largely traumatized first generation which was directly affected by the atrocities of the KR regime now merges with its growing offspring which has to deal with the problems of a post-conflict society.
The Department of Psychology at the Royal University of Phnom Penh wants to help to address these problems and find better solutions for individuals as well as for the society. Therefore, the Department aims to promote a cooperation-network with a wide range of governmental and non-governmental institutions to enhance sustainability and efficiency. To foster this kind of network the “Youth Mental Health Day” was introduced in 2013 and took place annually related to the World Mental Health Day on the 10th of October. This event is held in the outstanding surrounding of the Royal University’s assembling hall and organized by the staff of the Department of Psychology and volunteer students.
Goals and striven outcome
Further goals of this event are to advocate for Mental Health, to elicit interest and sensitize for the broad scope of matters connected with this field. Additionally, the Youth Mental Health day should provide a platform for exchange of experience and networking for professionals and students, and to promote Psychology as a profession and field of research. The following institutions participated during the last three years: TPO Cambodia, Indigo International, Hagar Cambodia, The Ragamuffin Project, Child Helpline Cambodia, Kdei Karuna Organisation (KdK), Mekong Project II (EMDR Cambodia Association), Karol & Setha, Louvain Coopération au Développement (LD), Youth Resource Development Project (YRDP), Kundalini Yoga,International Organisation for Migration (IOM),The Mobile Team/Maryknoll, Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CCAMH) .
Besides getting information and exchange ideas with the institutional representatives, the participants get also the opportunity to interact actively and take part in various activities such as mindfulness exercise, mini-counseling, art activities, and yoga.
The Youth Mental Health Day (YMHD) attracts meanwhile a huge number of participants. Among the 2547 attendees in 2015 were 2195 students, 143 representatives from NGOs and Mental Health institutions, 76 lecturers and 133 organizers and volunteers.
The Youth Mental Health Day could be realized during the last years with the generous support by various donors including IOM, and especially GIZ as a part of the annual budget for the Master’s Program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology was dedicated to this event.
Youth Mental Health Day 2016
The Youth Mental Health Day took place on October 14th, 2016 at Royal University of Phnom Penh. This is another year of success that brought together 16 organizations and reached 1955 participants (114 professionals/staff from NGOs, 20 Lecturers from RUPR, and 1821 Students from RUPP and other University) and 48 volunteer students from psychology major.
- Department of Psychology, Royal University of Phnom Penh
- Child Helpline Cambodia (CHC)
- EMDR Cambodia Association – Mekong Project II
- Garden of Hope in Cambodia (GOHC)
- Hagar Cambodia (Counseling service team)
- Indigo International
- International Organization for Migration (IOM)
- Karol & Setha
- Khmer Counseling and Psycho-Education Services (KCPS)
- Kundalini Yoga Cambodia
- Louvain Coopération au Développement (LD)
- Maryknoll Mental Health
- Rabbit School
- Sunrise Mental Clinic
- TPO Cambodia
Sponsors in 2016: GIZ, ZFD, IOM, EMDR-Mekong Project II, National Bank of Cambodia, TPO, CCAMH, KCPS, Maryknoll Mental Health program, LD, Hagar, Kundalini Yoga, and Rabbit School.