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Youths open up about anxiety and how they deal with it on Sunday event

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, November 4, 2019   /  12:45 pm
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Anxiety disorder affected more than 8 million Indonesians in 2017, according to data from the Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx).(Shutterstock/Jess Rodrigues)

A day off on Sunday doesn’t always mean lazing around or engaging in a hobby for dozens of youths who gathered behind a cafe in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta. For them, it is a time to share their struggles with social anxiety. The recent Sunday gathering was held by Alpas, a non-profit mental health services organization that aims to tackle the social stigma surrounding mental illness to prevent people with mental disorders from feeling left behind. Alpas was established in January 2019 and has since held regular discussions about mental health. Rio Yoga Sadewa, a participant from Bogor, West Java, who attended Sunday's event, said he had been living with anxiety disorder for years, but he had recently found a way to cope with and control his condition during a relapse. “I fo...