THE Health Ministry’s Global School-based Student Health Survey in 2012 showed that 7% to 9% of 25,507 schoolchildren between the ages of 13 and 17 showed a tendency to commit suicide, says Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.
About 6% to 7% of those surveyed had tried to commit suicide more than once in a period of 12 months, he added.
To address the issue, he said the ministry provides counselling and psychotherapy in 33 public hospitals and four mental institutions around the country.
He added that the Government has also introduced various programmes to increase awareness on mental health and to address the importance of mental health care among Malaysians.
These include cooperating with the Education Ministry to carry out the Healthy Mind and Teenage Resilience programmes among secondary schoolchildren.
“Through the healthy mind screening, the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS) was used on students to identify the level of stress, anxiety and depression they experience, so that intervention can be carried out by school counsellors,” said Dr Subra-maniam.
On another issue, he said 183,364 cancer cases had been recorded in the country since 2007, which means that an average of 18,000 cancer cases were recorded annually from 2007.
The data was included in the National Cancer Registry Report from 2007 to 2016.
The cancer cases involved different types and stages, he said in a written reply to Dr Ko Chung Sen (DAP-Kampar).
The MP was asking on the number of cancer diagnosis annually and the number of patients needing radiotherapy treatment.