First of all, I would like to congratulate SJ Care Warriors for a successful event held today on July 14th 2019 that was taken placed in Taipan. This event was organized by our beloved YB Michelle Ng Mei Sze from ADUN Subang Jaya, and together with the community leaders, the event was held to raise awareness and de-stigmatize depression.
If you are not aware, SJ Care Warriors was founded by YB Michelle Ng Mei Sze as an initiative to create awareness for depression. She recently mentioned that in a press “There is a need to build resilience, a resilient community”.
Many Non governmental organizations that are related to mental health such as MIASA, Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology and Befrienders were there to spread awareness. The event was successfully attended by different age of groups represented by both elderly and youth. They began at 8am with a treasure hunt related to mental health and ended at 11am.
As i mentioned in my previous post, there are about 800,000 people die by suicide each year according to WHO. That means a single life in every 40 seconds. ” YB Michelle Ng mentioned that the statistics in 1996 according to national morbidity survey, we have 10% people were suffering from mental ilness and 30% in 2015. That means 3 in 10 people are suffering from mental ilness”.
There were also a team of experts with psychology and counselling background whose role is to provide and to tackle the issues of mental health. I believe events like this would reach out more to Malaysians and reduce the statistics of people suffering from mental ilness in the future.
Lastly, i would like to say how glad i am that more attention are given to Mental Health in Malaysia. It is growing and it will continue to create the awareness that could save even a single life in Malaysia. I really hope this message could reach specifically to the youth in conjunctions of many suicidal events that occured recently. Remember, we are all in this. We have each others back. Save a life 🙂