ONE PSYCHIATRIST PER 100,000 POPULATION INSUFFICIENT, SAYS ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
DEC 11, 2018 @5.11 PM
Four out of every 10 Malaysians will fall victim to some form of mental health issue in their lives and psychologists believe that the numbers will increase.
Based on a report published in 2016, The Malaysian National Health Morbidity Survey (NHMS), the number of mental health patients had multiplied two folds from 10 years ago with one in every three Malaysian adults struggling with mental health.
Associate Professor Dr Ng Chong Guan from Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya revealed that the number of psychiatrist in Malaysia is still insufficient with only one psychiatrist per 100,000 population to serve the growing number of patients with mental health issues.
He was referring to the World Health Organisation Global Health Observatory data in 2014.
“The best way to overcome the scarce of resources is to educate, empower and enable the population to care for their own mental health. This can be done by promoting good mental health, preventing mental illness, recognizing ill mental health and effectively seeking help.
This can be done, he said, by raising the mental health literacy to recognize specific disorders or different types of psychological distress, knowledge and beliefs about risk factors and causes, self-help interventions, the professional help available, attitudes which facilitate recognition and appropriate help-seeking and knowledge of how to seek mental health information.
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