Lee stresses importance of emotional literacy in mental health issues
Tarikh : 28 Oct 2019  Sumber Berita: The Borneo Post

KUALA LUMPUR: There is a need to emphasise the importance of emotional literacy, which is a cornerstone of mental health, said Mental Health Promotion Advisory Council member Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

He said emotional literacy plays an important part in the lives of students and must be integrated into the learning environment.

“The integration of emotional literacy in the learning environment is crucial to enable collaborative learning in classrooms with teachers and students giving respectful space to each other, and developing good quality relationships between teachers and students,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Noting that emotional literacy is all about feelings and understanding, he said for students to be effective learners, emotional literacy must be sensitively integrated at home (parental guidance) and in schools (teachers’ guidance).

“This forms a framework for students to develop self-esteem, self – confidence and life skills which are communication and personal skills,” he said.

Lee said there is a need to encourage students to have a voice to ensure they are heard, and to nurture a classroom atmosphere where discussions and disagreements can occur so that students feel safe and not be intimidated.

Stressing that students must be encouraged to express their feelings freely, he said it was important that when in conversation, teachers should try to talk with the students rather than to them, allow the exchange of ideas and thoughts, and allow them the space to listen and be listened to. — Bernama