UNI Apro MEI-ABU Joint Webinar on Mental Health and Building Resilience
Following the successful webinar series jointly held by UNI Apro MEI and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) in the first quarter of 2021, the two organisations continued their joint commitment to helping media professionals cope with issues arising from the ongoing pandemic.
Media workers have been struggling with losing their jobs or working in unsafe conditions. This, combined with remote working, affects the mental health and well-being of media professionals.
A special webinar, attracting nearly 40 participants, was held on 28 June to provide practical tips to help mitigate common mental health issues.
The workshop featured Ms. Fay Jackson, an award-winning speaker and mental health advocate from Australia, as the key speaker, and Ms. Evelyn Samuel, professional trainer, a seasoned broadcaster from Malaysia, and consultant, as the moderator.
The participants benefited from Jackson’s sharing of practical and applicable tips drawn from her decades-long personal and professional experience.
Jackson encouraged the participants to recognise that mental health issues are often caused by traumas we experienced in life. She offered some time-proven ways that go a long way to help in healing and recovering from distress, including taking care of one’s physical health, using peer support, and practicing self-care.
UNI Apro MEI Director Michelle Belino extended her appreciation to the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union for their continued collaboration and hoped that the webinar had helped the participants pick up tips to help deal with the mental health challenges they faced.