澳洲總理莫里森宣佈將撥款280萬澳幣資助 batyr Australia 推廣校本的精神健康計劃。根據估計，全澳洲每四個16至24歲的年輕人當中，就有一人的精神健康受到困擾。batyr Australia網站上的標語是「讓室內的大象發聲」，目標鼓勵年輕人以積極正面態度討論精神健康相關課題。
Australian prime minister Scott Morrison pledged an allocation of A$2.8 million to support batyr Australia to promote school-based mental health programme. It is estimated that one in every four young Australians aged 16 to 24 experienced mental illness. With the slogan of “giving a voice to the elephant in the room”, batyr Australia aims to lead young people to discuss mental health topics in a positive manner.
I think that other places, particularly Asian society which sees psychiatric issues as a taboo, should emulate Australia’s move to promote mental health. Even in Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan – where the medical standard is the highest in Asia – everybody seems to be shunning discussion about mental problems. After all these years, it has become a habit to see it as a taboo.
Perhaps Asian society should emulate Australia to introduce mental illnesses to students at schools. In my humble opinion, when we have more pressure in our daily life, we are more likely to suffer from psychiatric or mental problems. In our modern world where we can’t even spare some free time for ourselves, it has become more important for us to learn to observe if people around us show traits of some mental illnesses.