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High drama as man holds off rescue efforts

A man believed to be mentally unsound was grabbed by firemen on a tower of a giant video billboard on Jalan Pudu in Kuala Lumpur Saturday after holding off rescue efforts for five hours.


Depression among the young a big concern

The number of children and teenagers experiencing depression and other mental illnesses has been on the rise in Johor since 2000 with up to 24 cases referred to Hospital Permai monthly.


Singapore faces ‘new poor’ woes

Singapore, which used to enjoy zero unemployment, has a growing number of 'new poor' among professionals who are now jobless and have financial problems, I>Utusan Malaysia/Ireported on its front-page yesterday.


130,000 Malaysian children mentally ill

About 130,000 or 1.3% out of the 10 million children and adolescents in Malaysia suffer from mental illness, said Sarawak Public Health Assistant Minister Dr Soon Choon Teck.


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Seek help for post-natal blues, mothers urged

At least one in every 10 women is prone to suffer from depression after giving birth, but most of them do not seek treatment because of ignorance, Penang Hospital consultant psychiatrist Dr Lai Fong Hwa said.


Ways to beat stress

A survey conducted in 1997 showed that about 13% of Malaysia#039;s six million teenagers suffered from some form of mental health problems arising from stress.

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16,000 pupils visit shrinks

A STUDY of unnatural deaths among children below the age of 13 shows 20 primary school pupils jumped to their deaths between 1997 and 2001.


Return personal items, pleads ‘mum’ of dead lawyer

A woman claiming to be the mother of a 29-year-old lawyer who died last week has appealed to those who have taken his possessions to return them to her as mementoes of her son.


Britain beckons, bleak weather and all

University life in Britain is loads of fun, provided you're ready to pitch in and discover all the eccentrics of British life that make up the fun, writes JAMIE KHOO.