No worrying trend on psychological issues of civil servants

Token of appreciation: Mohamad Zabidi l (centre) receiving a souvenir from Pahang state secretary Datuk Seri Muhammad Safian Ismail after launching the state-level psychology open day programme in Kuantan.

KUANTAN: Despite having a work force of 1.6 million, the number of civil servants needing psychology treatment and counselling is still small.

Statistics over the past few years also showed no drastic increase in cases.

The Psychology Management division director Datuk Dr Abdul Halim Mohd Hussin said all heads of department were to monitor their staff for worrying signs.

Dr Abdul Halim said early intervention would then be taken to cure the patients.

“In general, all staff including private sector are affected by one problem or another due to self causes or surroundings.

“We can group this into three areas namely health, financial and personal,” he said when met after the attending the launching of the state-level psychology open day programme at the Zenith Hotel here by Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal recently.

Dr Abdul Halim said proper medical assistance would be given to those down with illnesses.

He said for those in debts, they would be referred to experts on money management.

“Civil servants with personal problems or are influenced by some elements will be send for counselling courses.

“We want civil servants to serve the people with integrity and leave behind their problems,” he said.

Dr Abdul Halim said some problems might be small to one person but big to another, citing an example of smoking addiction.

He said civil servants who would be retiring would also be looked into.

“We want them to be able to retire in peace of mind without having to worry about their remaining years,” he said.

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