More specialists for mental patients in Malaysia

Malaysia: With about 10 per cent of Malaysia's population projected to experience mental illness by 2020, measures are being put in place to address the problem. Dr Raba'iah Mohd Salleh, the director of Hospital Bahagia Ulu Kinta in Tanjung ...

Nov 14

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Hope for Schizophrenic patients in Indonesia

Indonesia - A 50-year-old man sat quietly on top of a large stone, resting against the brick wall of a modest home in Paringan village, Ponorogo, East Java. He smiled at Ponorogo Deputy Regent Yuni Widyaningsih, who was walking in his ...

Nov 2

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34,000 seek mental health treatment yearly in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: Annually, there are about 32,000 to 34,000 mental health patients seeking treatment at various facilities offering psychiatric services in Sabah, according to Sabah Mental Association president Rizal Osoi. Stigma remains a challenge ...

Oct 23

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Costumed heroes compete for Mental Health charity

Hong Kong - Halloween is yet to arrive, but the costumes were out in full force yesterday as the Central Rat Race brought fundraisers dressed as Batman, pharaohs, pirates and more onto the streets. More than 460 employees of 52 companies turned out ...

Oct 22

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As elderly population grows, so does mental illness

Jakarta - As the country’s population of older people grows, the government is being pushed to provide better mental health facilities for the elderly, who are at higher risk of developing mental disorders. The head of the Health Ministry’s ...

Oct 19

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Mental Health in Asia

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10 percent Malaysians projected to have mental illness by 2020

KOTA BARU: About 10 per cent of Malaysia's population is projected to experience mental illness by 2020. Deputy director-general of Health (Public Health), Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim Sulaiman said the increase in the number of people aged 50 years and ...

Oct 12

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Caging mentally disabled man ‘unpardonable’

Malaysia - Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) president Datuk Dr N.K.S Tharmaseelan is “embarrassed, distressed and pained” over the caging of a mentally-disabled person in Kuala Pilah. Commenting on a statement by Senaling Welfare Department ...

Sep 27

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Mental health boost with fewer jobless

Hong Kong - The mental health of citizens has improved this year probably due to a lower unemployment rate, the Equal Opportunities Commission believes. The commission carried out a mental health index survey on 1,000 respondents from July to ...

Sep 26

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Teachers, students face stress in Malaysia

Malaysia - A NEW test will be introduced for applicants to teachers' training colleges, the Education Ministry announced on Monday. The assessment will gauge whether they have the mental resilience to be teachers in today's fast-paced, ...

Sep 7

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50.9% HK students depressed

50.9 percent of Hong Kong’s high school students display symptoms of depression, according to a report by Hong Kong based newspaper Mingbao. The recent survey, conducted from October 2012 to June 2013, accessed the mental status of more than ...

Sep 6

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Destigmatising mental illness and changing lives

Singapore - Mental illness can be cured and thinking otherwise would be one of the major misconceptions that the Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) wants to eradicate. It joins other skewed perceptions such as, mental illness is ...

Sep 5

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Disorder: Indonesia’s Mental Health Facilities by Andrea Star Reese

Pasung is the Indonesian term for restraints or restrained. It is used to refer to shackles, but can also refer to being locked in a room or confined in a shed or animal pen. From January 2011 through the end of 2012, I spent time photographing ...

Sep 4

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Mobile mental health care pilot kicks off in Jakarta

Jakarta - Viviana Sari, an Indonesian high school student, was at a loss for words when psychiatrist Tiur Sihombing asked her to define the word “depression”. “Stressed?” the 17-year-old said hesitantly. Viviana was among more than two ...

Sep 3

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Physical health isn’t the be-all and the end all to good health

One can take consolation from the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) definition of health. Under its constitution, health is: ‘… a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’. ...

Aug 28

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Mental Health Wellbeing on decline in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - A series of unimaginable family tragedies have stunned the city over the past few months. Earlier this month, a 60-year-old man jumped to his death after seriously injuring his wife following a quarrel. In March, a 29-year-old unemployed ...

Aug 27

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