Published: Friday July 6, 2012 MYT 4:29:00 PM
Updated: Friday July 6, 2012 MYT 6:36:52 PM
Health Ministry concerned over rising suicide cases
KUALA TERENGGANU: The Health Ministry views seriously the increase in mental problems among the people and has deployed family health specialists at clinics nationwide to screen those with the tendency to commit suicide.
Its deputy minister, Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin, said the public, especially students and youths, were encouraged to go to these clinics.
“The health specialists will look at the characteristics or symptoms and provide the necessary treatment, including referring the patients to psychologists,” she said.
She said this to reporters after opening the Kuala Terengganu Puteri Umno delegates meeting Friday.
Rosnah said the government had also set up the advisory council on promotion of mental health, but the cooperation from all quarters was necessary to address the problem.
“The ministry gives serious attention to mental health problems by having programmes that focuses not only on the general public, but the target groups, like children, youths and those who are depressed.
“We also discussed with employers on how to reduce stress and pressure among their workers, as well as carry out survey among school students because suicide is not only linked to pressure, but many other factors related with mental problems,” she added.- Bernama
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