Good Knowledge, Good Health Education Improves Health Literacy of the Younger Generation

Good Knowledge, Good Health Education Improves Health Literacy of the Younger Generation

LIVING in a new normal during the Covid-19 pandemic has raised awareness of the importance of taking preventive measures in overall health management.

One way is to maintain mental and physical health as an important aspect of one’s health, where early health intervention will help Indonesians be aware of and care about their general health.

To fight for the importance of comprehensive health management, Good Doctor Technology Indonesia (GDTI) collaborated with the London School of Public Relations (LSPR) Communication & Business Institute to launch an educational program Good knowledge, good health “ or “Good knowledge, good health”.

The educational program aims to improve health literacy and instill healthy lifestyles in the younger generation in Indonesia.

This health education collaboration lasts 6 months, from September 2021 to February 2022. This program includes thematic online seminars designed to create discussions around health topics relevant to the community.

Health topics are presented each month, such as the importance of early detection of chronic diseases like diabetes, advice before and after contracting it, vaccination against Covid-19, mental health, healthy habits food to support the body’s immune system and others.

Present to signing ceremony of cooperation, director of promotion and empowerment of public health, general directorate of public health, ministry of health, dr. Imran Agus Nurali, Sp.KO.

She expressed appreciation for the joint commitment of Good Doctor and LSPR to leading the health information dissemination initiative and championing the importance of shaping the minds of the younger generation through health education programs. health education.

“With a lot of health information circulating in traditional and social media, we are aware of the threat of disseminating inaccurate health information that can confuse the public, especially during this Covid-19 pandemic,” he said. .

Good Doctor General Manager Danu Wicaksana said, “With more than half of our social media subscribers in the millennial age group, we recognize the importance of empowering young people by leaving responsibility for health in their hands and closing the access gap with digital technology.

“By partnering with the LSPR, more and more young people can access our app and together we are committed to providing reliable health information that can increase digital literacy and strengthen young people’s thinking,” he said. he declares.

“Empowering young people will encourage them to make more informed decisions about their long-term health,” Danu explained.

Dr. Andre Ikhsano, Chancellor of LSPR Communication & Business Institute said that LSPR also has the same spirit.

“We are well aware that health is an important investment for the country. Therefore, as an educational institution, we must actively participate in improving the health literacy of the younger generation. This collaboration is one of the effective ways to achieve this, ”he said.

In October 2021, to coincide with World Mental Health Awareness Month, the topic of the webinar will beMental health for all: let’s make it real! “, which is recognized by the Ministry of Health as an important health topic to convey to young people, regarding the increasing prevalence of mental health problems, especially during this pandemic.

Basic Health Research 2018 (Riskesdas) shows that more than 19 million people over the age of 15 suffer from mental and emotional problems, and more than 12 million people over the age of 15 suffer from depression.

Currently, the prevalence in Indonesia has increased sharply, with 1 in 5 or 20% of the population at risk for mental health problems. This means that mental health problems can happen to anyone, including young people.

According to Jennifer, M.Psi, clinical psychologist, The Covid-19 pandemic situation has made millennials very vulnerable to mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety.

“The pandemic situation often makes them feel neglected, limited space to express themselves and socialize,” he said.

“What young people can do to be mentally strong during a pandemic according to Jennyfer is: see anxiety as a tool to take action to keep growing in difficult situations, find new ways to interact with friends, focus on yourself to find productive ways to survive the pandemic, ”he explained.

With the development of mental health services in Indonesia, much remains to be done to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and encourage discussion about mental health.

Of the approximately 10,000 health centers in Indonesia, only 60% of them provide mental health services.

“Telemedicine is therefore also a solution to the limits of mental health management in Indonesia. Especially for millennials who are familiar with the digital world, access to mental health treatments is more real and affordable, ”Jennyfer said. (Nik / OL-09)


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