'Mental health stigma a burden'

Posted on October 18, 2013

Malaysia - The impact of mental health problems on patients, their families and society is immense and needs to be addressed, said National Institute of Occupation Safety and Health chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

He said stigma was a major issue in mental health problems.

"Today, stigmatisation and discrimination are clearly seen as major problems in treatment, coping and living with mental health problems.

"Stigmatisation makes people suffer, keeps people away from help and services and hinders intervention."

Due to the reason, Malaysia needed more community mental healthcare centres to provide counselling services, create awareness and empower the service users and their families.

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