Help workers with stress, employers told

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 13 Sep 2008

BUTTERWORTH: Private sector companies are encouraged to have in-house counsellors to help its employees deal with stress and other issues affecting their mental health, said Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen.

She said companies should take up the incentives given by the Government in this year’s Budget to train its workers to cope up with today’s demanding lifestyle.

“Other than work place stress, families should also make full use of the tax exemptions given on childcare in the Budget to help manage family stress,” she said at a Yayasan Kebajikan Negara function in Permatang Pauh here yesterday.

Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai, who was also at the event. said the Health Ministry is also working closely with Ng’s ministry to manage the stress level among the people.

“In Malaysia, 11.6% of the population suffers from mental health problems. This is high and we are very concerned (with the numbers). We must address this problem seriously,” he said.

“Patients should be given treatment and then allowed to go back into society. The ministry is looking at the best way to get these patients ingrained back into their lives.”

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