Minister of Social Affairs: Mental Preparation is Very Important to Enter The New Normal Era
JAKARTA (6th June 2020) - Minister of Social Affairs Juliari P. Batubara said that mental preparation is very important to entering a new normal condition in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"From a psychosocial perspective, this mental is very important. It takes discipline and good mental readiness to facing the new normal," said the Minister of Social Affairs in the psychosocial online seminar (webinar) volume II which is organized by the Education, Research and Social Counseling Board (BP3S).
The Minister of Social Affairs continued, in this current condition, a pandemic is still happening and forces all to focus and pay attention to personal health and surroundings.
The government is also planning to loosen the Large-Scale Social Restriction (PSBB) policy that will make people live a life that adapts to new habits in accordance with health protocols.
"Intellectual discussions like this, which were initiated by BP3S. I hope that after we have a discussion like this we will be more knowledgeable and we can become role models for the general public on how to respond, prepare ourselves in mental preparation" said the Minister of Social Affairs.
Furthermore, the number one person in the Ministry of Social Affairs said that these various conditions are inevitable. There are positive and negative impacts of the pandemic, that are the community becomes anti-social because they have to keep their distance as well as the economic impact that is felt by everyone. One of the positive impacts is budget efficiency, especially in government, because various activities are carried out online.
"We have no choice, we have to live in a new order, focus on health protocols, one the negative side we will become non-social beings like before and this requires need high mental preparation," said Minister of Social Affairs, Juliari.
As information, the participants of this volume II psychosocial online seminars (webinar) are hundreds of social workers spread across Indonesia. The speakers for this activity included the Head of BP3S Syahabuddin, the Director General of the Ministry of Health and the spokesman for the COVID-19 Task Force Achmad Yurianto, KPSI Secretariat General Miryam Nainggolan, Unika Atmajaya Strategic Advisory Team Indra Nurpatria and WHO-incidence management Dr. Setiawan Djati Laksono.