KUALA LUMPUR: Mental health issues in the police force should be detected early so proper help could be given, says Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
The Malaysian Mental Health Advisory Council member said such cases should be identified so that the police’s religion and counselling division, under the Integrity and Standard Compliance Department could provide the necessary assistance.
“Cases must not be allowed to deteriorate until a person is overcome by depression.
“Police personnel or officers with mental health issues should also be prepared to come forward and share their problems with counsellors.
“They should not be afraid or embarrased in this regard, ” he said.
Lee made his comments following an incident where a police corporal and his son, aged seven, were found dead in a car with gunshot wounds in Taman Sentosa Jaya, Seremban.
Seremban OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Said Ibrahim had said the corporal was believed to have used a weapon belonging to the force.
Lee also called on the religious and counselling division to be strengthened because it must play an important role in dealing with mental health issues in the police force.
“The police have more than 100,000 personnel and officers. Just like other professions, there is bound to be stress. Greater manpower will enable counsellors to give attention to those seeking help, ” he added.