A Lot Of Malaysians Are Struggling With Mental Health Issues

The number is staggering.


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A Lot Of Malaysians Are Struggling With Mental Health Issues

Just remember that you're not alone.

Look at the person on your right. Now, look at the person on your left. Chances are, one (or both!) of them are suffering from some sort of mental health issue.

The Health Ministry has revealed that a huge number of Malaysians are suffering from mental health issues.

How many, you ask? Well, 4.2 million Malaysians, to be exact.

Shocking...
Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad told The Star Online that the number was based on the Ministry's National Health and Morbidity Survey 2015.

According to Dr Dzulkefly, the survey found that 29.2 per cent of the country's adults aged 16 and above are dealing with mental issues such as stress and depression.

Not only that, he added that 2.1 million women suffered some form of mental health issues, and of that, only 57,570 of them had sought treatment at government hospitals between 2010 and 2017.

That's actually not very encouraging.

A breakdown by states.
However, Dr Dzulkelfy assured Malaysians that the government are all in to help sufferers, with 958 government clinics nationwide offering intervention programmes.

These intervention programmes include an ante-natal screening package for expectant mothers to help them deal with stress and if needed, post-partum depression.

In addition to that, Dr Dzulkefly added that the Ministry will be working very closely with The Befrienders to provide counselling to those who need help dealing with their emotional problems.

While the government is trying their best to help sufferers, you could do your part too, fellow Malaysians. Check in on your mates regularly and if you notice some odd behaviours, don't be afraid to step in and help them.

After all, a friend in need is a friend indeed.

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