Roziah SidikUniversiti Kebangsaan , Malaysia
Title: The Effects of COVID-19 on the Mental Health of University Students and How Music Therapy Can Help
A United Nations (UN) statement clearly mentions that the Covid-19 pandemic is at risk of triggering a global mental health crisis. For students of higher learning institutions, the biggest impact is that this pandemic is the reason teaching and learning methods as well as assessments can no longer be carried out face-to-face. On the other hand, it needs to be done online and this method poses another problem when not all students have good internet access. The study requirements consist of them completing the necessary assignments. Group assignments can no longer be carried out as before. The search for reference materials also cannot be done physically in the library. Moreover, when all the students are already in their hometowns without good internet access, they are unable to follow the teaching and learning sessions smoothly. This situation puts a lot of pressure on students of higher learning institutions. Their mental health is affected. Mental health problems require its own treatment method. Music therapy shows potential as a complementary and alternative treatment to address mental health problems. This paper will examine the mental health status of students of higher learning institutions in Malaysia in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and how music therapy can help deal with it.
Roziah Sidik @ Mat Sidek has completed her Bachelor in Islamic Studies (Arabic Studies and Islamic Civilization) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (1993), Diploma in Education from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (1994), MLitt. in Arabic Studies and Islamic Civilization from University of Edinburgh (1998) and PHD in History and Philosophy of Islamic Science from University of Malaya (2010). She is the Director of the Centre for Quality Assurance of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She has over 100 publications in journals, proceedings and seminar in the field of history and philosophy of Islamic science and Islamic civilization, and has been serving as an editorial board member of several reputed journals. Her major research efforts are in history and philosophy of Islamic science and currently in music therapy in medicine.