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Malaysia – Going off the deep end

by | Dec 5, 2023 | NATIONAL, NEWS, Opinions | 0 comments

BY: ERIC HO

There is no doubt that these are tumultuous times in Malaysia. In saying this, it can be easily verified if a person were to travel around the country, going across the length and breadth of the nation, only to witness how Malaysians of all walks of life undergo daily stress and tension.

There has been an untold toll that has taken place in the life of many Malaysians and it has not been helped by the poor governance of the previous regimes that has obviously created more stress and tension for the people.

Mental health issues have become common. Mental health experts state that at least 10 per cent of the population is mentally ill and a further 20 per cent of the population is suffering from some kind of undiagnosed neurosis or psychosis.

But this is just a guesstimate and the fact that a significant number of Malaysians are going off the deep end goes to show that the nation needs to be more vigilant and watchful, whereby people need to look out for one another in the hope of caring for each other’s mental health.

With the changing of the guard, with the unity government as the new government, it is hoped that they will do well to care for the minds of Malaysians and alleviate the stress and suffering of Malaysians all over the country.

But what is of paramount concern now is the fact that many Malaysians are unaware that they are having mental health issues and the fact that they do not seek psychiatric or psychological help due to the stigma associated with these issues.

The mindset of Malaysians has to definitely change. No longer must mental health be viewed as a taboo subject but it must come out in the open just as other facets of health are coming into the open such as erectile dysfunction, eye diseases, cancer and other kinds of health issues.

Help is at hand. There is no longer any need to suffer from depression or suicidal tendencies but actually welcome the various kinds of treatment and therapies that are available. Many people suffering from poor mental health have been helped but there are many more that do not come forward to be helped.

It is the fervent hope of the despairing caregivers of mental health patients that education programs to create awareness on the topic will be undertaken by the new government so that many mentally ill people need not hide in the closet because of their illness.

In schools, colleges and universities and at the workplace, there should be a mechanism put in place to identify and spot all those who are mentally ill and be able to get them able assistance for their problems to ensure their personal safety and well-being and that of others.

It must be noted that when a person is mentally ill, he or she is unable to function or functions wrongly or badly and this creates absolute havoc with their lives and the lives of others around them creating so much of misery and hardship for everyone.

This is why much emphasis must be put by the government of the day to get to the root of this issue and address it effectively and help the `rakyat’ to achieve a high as possible Quality-of-Life to ensure the peace and stability of the nation and the well-being of people.

-THE MALAYSIA VOICE

** The views expressed on this opinion is of the writer and not the publisher

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