Prevention is better than cure.
As such, the Selangor government has allocated funds for mental healtcare programmes and to fight obesity.
State Health, Welfare, Women Empowerment and Family Committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said the budget was under its healthy lifestyle segment and Slim Selangor.
“Mental health is just as important as our physical body parts.
“We have negative stigmas in society associated with mental healthcare which need to be debunked.
“All of us can go through mental problems because of stress at any point in life.
“This can lead to depression. We just need to address it fast and seek help,” said Dr Siti Mariah.
Individuals facing issues can call Talian Sahabat by Pusat Kaunseling Selangor at 03-5544 7668, 03-5521 2272, 03-5519 0500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Siti Mariah added that the public could take a test called the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS) and get a recommendation based on the results at the state counselling unit.
She said for money-related problems, individuals could seek financial counselling.
“The Credit Counselling and Debt Management Agency can teach people how to manage their money.”
The state is also planning to start lay counsellor training.
“Any person with a heart to help others, especially if they are active in society, will be given training.
“They will be able to refer people with signs of stress to trained counsellors. We have trained 100 of them so far.”
As for Slim Selangor, there were many physical exercise-related activities such as cycling scheduled to be rolled out, said Dr Siti Mariah.