11 March 2019 – The Counselling Unit, Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) is currently promoting Self-Injury Awareness Month around the Campus. The Self-Injury Awareness Day (SIAD) was celebrated on the first day of March.
SIAD is an international awareness day and is a day meant for learning about self-injury behaviors and for providing resources to those who are in need of help. Its purpose is to remove the stigma attached to self-injury, and to encourage parents, family members, educators, and healthcare professionals to recognise the signs of self-harm. Self-injury is a non-verbal communication that an individual, child or adult, is in pain. It is vital that we see the individual in pain, underneath the injuries.
The Counselling Unit believes that by having this awareness campaign, more attention is paid to individuals, both staff and students, who are in pain. These injuries convey a desperation that is most profound and distressed. We need to be talking and learning from one another about how to be most helpful in the lives of individuals who are suffering alone with a behavioral disorder that is highly misunderstood.
An orange ribbon, representing a sign of hope for a misunderstood problem, symbolises this awareness day. A SIAD banner is placed at the UTB campus main lobby to mark this important campaign. About 500 orange ribbons and 200 orange wristbands are currently being distributed around the University Campus for staff and students to encourage awareness of self-injury at the University. The SIAD orange wristbands have three different messages: #SIADUTB No more (si)lence, Let’s make it OK to talk about emotional pain, and Smash the stigma around mental health.
UTB Staff and students are encouraged to wear orange ribbon, wristband, tie, socks, shirt, scarf or other forms of clothing in March to spotlight the importance of the day.