BANGI: Some 1,315 individuals admitted to struggling with suicidal behaviour in a new feature on the MySejahtera app launched two weeks ago.
Health minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa said the figures were obtained based on a total of 6,955 mental health screenings done through MyMinda, launched on Oct 22.
“Since we launched MyMinda, we received 6,955 responses on the assessment of each person’s mental health status,” she said at an event here.
Zaliha said of the 6,955 responses received, 2,820 individuals were found to be at risk of depression, 1,271 exhibited symptoms of depression and 2,887 experienced anxiety.
“MyMinda consists of mental health screenings, psychosocial education resources and access to support services.
“The launch of MyMinda is one of the early psychosocial interventions that can be accessed at your fingertips,” she added.
According to Zaliha, MyMinda is one of the health ministry’s commitments to enhance access to mental health services through digitalisation.
Meanwhile, human resources minister V Sivakumar said that, based on the 2022 National Occupational Disease Statistics, only one case of psychosocial issues was reported throughout the past year.
He said his ministry takes the issue of mental health in the workplace seriously and is developing policies involving all stakeholders, including government agencies, employers, employees, associations and NGOs.
Previously, former health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah estimated only 20% of people with mental health problems would seek professional help, attributing this to social stigma and lack of education on mental health.
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