Understanding Mental Health and Depression through “Carpe Diem” Playtest Session

“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. Last November, Kummara held the first playtest session and this month we continue to hold the second playtest session.

This playtest session was attended by 24 medical students from UNISBA. They were divided into groups of 3 and each group represents 1 character. For about 1 hour, they need to support each other to overcome bad days, such as got into a traffic accident, broke up with their boyfriend/relationship or dropped out of school. If one of them cannot survive the day, they will get a depression card, which will make their days even harder. They also can seek help from professional and experts to consult so that they can survive the day.

After the session, all the participants shared the learning points that they get from the game. We were happy to see that after the game session, they became more aware about depression and willing to help their friend when in needs.

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