UM Student Union Urges MOHE To Take Student Burnout Seriously After 2 UiTM Students Died Of Stress
Here’s a reminder that academic burnout is very real and instead of calling them “lazy”, students should be taken seriously when they show signs of stress and exhaustion from studying. Over the past weekend, two students from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) were reported to have passed away due to ruptured blood vessels allegedly caused by stress from studying.
While condolences came flooding in for the victims’ families, many people also used this incident to shed light on the importance for universities to treat students’ mental health seriously, especially when they’re struggling with online learning during a pandemic.
As a result, the University of Malaya Students’ Union (UMSU) has written an open letter to the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) on 11 July to highlight the issue of student burnout and urge the authorities to reduce the workload, extend assignment deadlines and provide sufficient study breaks for students.
Surat terbuka daripada KMUM buat Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi (KPT) berkenaan isu mahasiswa di IPT seluruh Malaysia yang sedang tertekan.@MOHEOfficial @DrNorainiAhmad #BerkhidmatDemiMahasiswa#KMUMInterim2021 pic.twitter.com/QfaeLGScuh — Kesatuan Mahasiswa Universiti Malaya (@kmum1905) July 11, 2021
While UMSA has previously raised this issue to their university administrators, the student union is now calling students from other universities to voice this matter to their respective administrators. And considering this problem has threatened the live of innocent students, UMSA is demanding MOHE to step in and protect students’ mental wellbeing.
Human beings are not designed to be emotionless robots, it’s perfectly okay to let yourself breathe and ask for help.
If you know anyone who’s struggling with stress and anxiety, please contact these hotlines for help: BEFRIENDERS KL (Call: +603-76272929), TALIAN KASIH (Call: 15999 or WhatsApp: +6019-2615999) and BUDDY BEAR CHILDLINE (Call: 1800-18-2327 – 12am to 12pm daily).