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Health Minister pledges to increase mental health support through technology
Malaysians are positive that the Health Minister’s pledge to use technology to increase mental health support will be a benefit to society.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin in his keynote speech for UNICEF said that from 2019 to 2020, there was a worrying increase of suicide cases among the youths.
Now the minister wants mental health care to be more accessible and the new delivery of the services must be developed.
The news came as a delight to Malaysians as there needs to be more support during these tough times.
Veera Veer, a legal consultant, said that he admires the proactive steps taken by Khairy Jamaluddin when other politicians dare not.
“Please do help the young generation, especially those who have been stuck at home during the pandemic. Many have not seen their friends and have nobody to talk to,” he added.
Ben Ong wants more politicians to be like Khairy due to being innovative in modern-day problems.
He said having leaders who face the problem instead of blaming it on Korean dramas is refreshing.
“It is silly that a Senator can make a serious issue lightly. We need people like Khairy to take charge on more issues,” he added.
Khairy Jamaluddin has also intended to decriminalise suicide in hopes that the stigma around the matter will reduce.
He said, “Decriminalising suicide will reduce the stigma and encourage those affected to come forward to seek help for their mental health issues.”
-THE MALAYSIA VOICE