Coping Strategies for Dealing with Depression among School Teachers in Penang

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Manak A/L Ek Klai, Farhana Kamarul Bahrin


The education system is an accelerator for a country's developers. Due to the success of education system, it will be increasing the number of communities with knowledge and maintain the community well-being. However, the individual’s mental health problem refers to the welfare of individuals who can recognize their ability, and able to overcome the pressure at the workplace. Positively, mental health problem is a fundamental health to maintain the welfare of individuals and works effectively against the community’s well-being. With coping strategies, individuals may reduce the risk of depression and maintain their social harmony and community well-being. This research used a qualitative research and thematic analysis was applied as a tool to interpret the data collected. The ten (10) respondents were interviewed among the teachers from SMKA Al-Mashoor Perempuan, Pulau Pinang, which consisting of subject teachers involved in Malaysia public examination. The results were analysed manually using content analysis techniques, and the result showed that social support and religious aspects could help the teacher dealing with their depression. Therefore, we believe that a school social worker needs to be placed in school.

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