ALMOST 30% of 30 million Malaysians have mental problems.
Quoting statistics from the 2015 National Health and Morbidity Survey, Kepala Batas Mara Junior Science College (MRSM) deputy principal (student development) Mohd Marzuki Hashim said the number is increasing and it is due to several factors.
“In our daily lives, we have stress and work pressure and it is about whether we can manage it or not.
“Failure to manage stress can result in disorders which may lead to suicide, ” he said.
Mohd Marzuki said mental disorders happen not only to uneducated folk but also to highly educated people.
“There are ways to come out of the mental disorders through counselling, ” he said in his speech when he opened Mental Health Day at Mydin Hypermarket Bertam near Kepala Batas.
The event was organised by the northern Mara Counselling and Psychology Association.
Also present was its president Syahrizan Mohd Amin.
Mohd Marzuki said World Health Organization reported that across the world, one person commits suicide every 40 seconds.
About 150 students from MRSM Kepala Batas, Institut Kemahiran Mara and Kolej Kemahiran Tinggi Mara attended the event which included a forum on mental health awareness.
The speakers at the forum were Hafis Abidin from Kepala Batas MRSM and Dhuha Rashidi, a Jawi calligraphy teacher.
The forum was moderated by Sungai Petani Institut Kemahiran Mara counsellor Dr Ahmad Amin Mohamad Sulaiman.