KUALA LUMPUR: Those suffering from mental health issues in the police force should be detected early so that they can receive proper help, says Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
The Malaysian Mental Health Advisory Council member said such cases should be identified early so that the police's Religion and Counselling Division under the Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS) could provide the necessary assistance.
"Cases of mental health must not be allowed to be aggravated until a person is overcome by depression. Police personnel with mental health issues should also be prepared to come forward and share their problems with the counsellors," he said
"They should not be afraid or shy in this regard," added Lee when contacted on Friday (March 26).
Lee was commenting on the incident where a police corporal and his seven-year-old son were found dead in a car with gunshot wounds in Taman Sentosa Jaya, Seremban.
Seremban OCPD ACP Mohd Said Ibrahim had said the cop was believed to have used a weapon belonging to the force in the incident.
Lee also called on the police's counselling unit to be beefed up as it must play an important role in dealing with mental health issues in the police force.
"The police have more than 100,000 personnel. Just like other professions, there are stresses that are bound to be experienced by those in the police force. I feel it is time for the counselling unit to be beefed up. More manpower will enable counsellors to give more attention to their patients," he added
He also said that all employers in the public and private sectors must focus on the mental health of employees, and assist those in need.