Written by Shobana Gunasekaran, Maria Ahsan, Yip Song Qing, Alya Jasmine Ngu Ee-Lyn, Syahirah binti Yuan, Amutha Aruvi Kaniamuthan
On the 18th of October till the 20th of October, the Psychology Club of International Medical University (IMU) hosted a Model United Nations conference themed Psychological Continuum in the Bukit Jalil campus. The main purpose of this IMU Model United Nations conference is to enlighten young minds on the dynamic changes the world continues to face. MUN serves a great purpose in terms of being a firing table giving the youth a golden opportunity of voicing their thoughts and perspectives.
During the Opening Ceremony, Secretary General Ms.Amutha Aruvi Kaniamuthan welcomed the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of IMU, Professor Peter Pook Chuen Keat, who officiated the conference by hitting the gavel thrice. It was followed by the keynote speakers, Mr.Muhammad Rehhahn bin Daniel Tudball Rehahn, President of UNAM Youth, Ms.Archana Vijay Kumar, Law Graduate Brickfields Asia,Dr Suseela Nair, Former Associate Dean of the Taylors University & Language Center & Heartfulness Meditation Trainee. The Secretary General highlighted how vital this conference was as mental health is becoming a critically rising issue today. The opening ceremony ended and the delegates dispersed into their respective committees and council rooms where they would debate for the next three days on various council topics.
Youth Assembly: The Youth Assembly council for IMUxMUN conference 2019 discussed about reducing the stigma surround mental illnesses and the rates of bullying- physical, social and cyber bullying among youth. The delegates discussed on the contributive factors and solutions that may be a help to the mentioned topics.
Crisis Committee: IMUxMUN conference 2019 Crisis Committee focused on the summit between the current cabinet of the United States of American and the People’s Republic of China. The objective of the summit is to provide a peaceful resolution and de-escalate the tensions regarding the current trade war.
The Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM):
The main topic under discussion was that of the Question Regarding the Basic Rights of People with Mental Illness. The council was alarmed by the number of people suffering from mental illnesses around the world. Bearing in mind that people suffering from mental illnesses are expected to tolerate discrimination, segregation, and judgment from others. And recognizing only 28% of the countries provide some type of constitutional guarantee of educational rights for children with disabilities. Since the mentally ill are still seen as a burden to society some of the resolutions consisted of providing education to de stigmatize mental health as well as easy access to mental health treatments.
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women:
The main topic under discussion was that of Providing Assistance to Victims of Rape and Sexual Harassment as a Method to Prevent Mental Illnesses. The council acknowledged the definition of rape being, and was deeply concerned about the lack of assistance for rape victims, noting 90% of adult rape victims are female. Females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault, noting with regret Women ages 18-24 who are college students are 3 times more likely than women in general to experience sexual violence. Some of the proposed resolutions included the need to spread awareness about rape, and increase sex education, better victim assistance as well as safer work and school environments.
IMU MUN SOCIAL NIGHT
After the hectic schedules of debates, the committee organized a social night for all the participants. The event encompasses of dance and performances from students along with delegates engaging themselves in games and activities that evening and a chance to bond and relieve stress with great food and music.
The guest of honour for this year IMUxMUN is none other than Yang Berhormat P. Prabakaran, one of Malaysia’s youngest Parliament members, who further emphasized the importance of mental health awareness in his speech. It was indeed an honour for the delegates to have their awards presented by the Yang Berhormat P. Prabakaran himself. Professor Dr. Rozainee Khaiuddin, President-Elect Persatuan Psikologi Malaysia (PSIMA) was one of the two keynote speakers who presented on advancements in the field of cognitive neuroscience towards mental health. The following keynote speaker was Ms. Vizla Kumaresan, Clinical Psychologies who talked about the current issues related to youth and mental health.
Overall, International Medical University’s first ever debut Psychology themed Model United Nations proved to be a success in managing to bringing together over 170 participants from both Government and International Schools and Universities. Youths from more than nine different nationalities and races came together to discuss some of society’s pressing issues and contributed their perspectives in solving those issues.