Mental health programmes implemented to detect mental problems


Various mental health programmes have been implemented in all health clinics nationwide through integration to detect mental problems among society, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

He said the programmes covered promotional activities via screening to detect the early stage of stress, anxiety and depression among individuals who were at risk of mental problems.

"The ministry is concern about the mental problem issues in the country. According to a research in 2015, about 29.2 % of Malaysians, aged 16 and above, are having mental problems.

"However this percentage refers to those who are having mental problems and not mental illnesses. There is a difference between mental problems and mental illnesses," he said at the Dewan Rakyat sitting today, .

He said this in reply to a question from ZuraidaKamaruddin (PKR-Ampang), who asked on the ministry's planning to overcome mental health problems, which is the second top health problem in Malaysia.

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