Raising Awareness of Mental Health in Youth with Carpe Diem
“Carpe Diem” is a board game developed by Kummara and Faculty of Medicine Bandung Islamic University (UNISBA) team also supported by Institute of Mental Health Singapore, aiming to raise youth awareness about mental health and depression. Before the final product released, another playtest was held in early August.
This playtest session was attended by 24 UNISBA students from psychology, economy, and medical school. They were split into 2 groups and in each group they were teamed up to represent 1 character. For about 90 minutes, they need to support each other to overcome 6 hard days, such as public sexual harassment, broke up with their boyfriend/relationship or dropped out of school. They need to be aware because their depression symptom can come out anytime. If one of them cannot survive the day, they will get another depression card, which will make their days even harder in the future. They also can seek help from professional and experts to consult to ease the day.
After the session, all the participants shared the learning points that they get from the game. From their story, they became more aware of depression, the importance of understanding mental health state and also willing to help their friend in needs.