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Time To Take Mental Health More Seriously

Last update: 06/11/2018
 
By Nur-ul Afida Kamaludin

The prevalence of mental health issues in this country is certainly a cause for concern and in some instances, it has even led to death. It is most unfortunate that a matter as serious as this is being treated lightly and this state of affairs can be attributed to a lack of awareness and knowledge among the public.

This is the first of four articles looking into the extent of mental health problems in this country. 

 

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 6 (Bernama) -- In recent times, many of the murder and suicide cases reported in the media were found to be linked to mental disorders or drug abuse.

It would be gravely erroneous to dismiss such cases as acts of crime that can be left to police intervention because the reality points to something more sinister – in fact, it is reflective of a worrying trend that has to be addressed promptly.   

To recap some of the more recent incidents, on July 4, a 25-year-old man allegedly killed his mother at their home in Taman Warisan Indah, Kota Warisan in Sepang, Selangor, and it is believed that the suspect has been having mental problems since young and was on medication.

On July 12, a 28-year-old man allegedly stabbed his colleague to death in Banting, Selangor. Investigations showed that the man suffered from a mental disorder and had sought treatment previously. He had also attempted suicide after falling into depression.
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