Lee: Take proactive steps to address mental health issues

Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye. -filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: Mental health, including suicidal tendencies, usually requires specific actions to be taken to address the problem.

Befrienders KL patron Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said there were several actions that could be taken to help those who were starting to lose hope, especially due to the current Covid-19 pandemic.

“Among them is to show our concern, either minimally or unconsciously to those who have suicidal thoughts, besides creating space and opportunity for them to express their feelings.

“Even minimal and seemingly trivial communication can lift someone’s spirit as it can reduce the stress they face,” he said.

In conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day yesterday, Lee said the theme “Act Fast, Hope Built” was a call for all parties to take appropriate action and move as a team in observing and working together to address mental health problems and suicide cases.

Befrienders is a non-profit organisation that provides 24-hour daily emotional support services to those suffering from depression and having suicidal thoughts.

Lee, who is also a member of the Mental Health Promotion Advisory Council, said an average of four suicides were reported daily between January and May this year.

There has been an increase in cases during the Covid-19 pandemic stemming from mental health issues, he added. — Bernama

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