Fears about COVID-19 can take an emotional toll, especially if you are alone and far away from your loved ones during the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO).
But please remember that you are not powerless!
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According to Malay Mail, the first quarter of 2021 ending March 31st saw 336 suicide cases reported in Malaysia.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah quoted the police as a source, saying that 631 suicide cases were reported in 2020, while in 2019 there were 609 suicide cases reported.
In a statement on Tuesday (June 29th), DG Hisham said that the pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the mental health of every individual in the world, and the people in Malaysia are no exception.
He added that certain individuals have a high risk of experiencing mental health problems including depression, when faced with overwhelming stress and isolation from their family and friends.
It’s important to look out for the signs and symptoms of depression so that you can take the first steps to feeling better and overcoming the problem.
If you are feeling lonely, distressed or having negative thoughts, please reach out to your loved one of these mental health services for help!
There’s really no shame in asking for help. Let’s all take the first step to reduce the stigma against mental illnesses!
Take care of each other, guys. And take care of yourself, physically, mentally and emotionally!
By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat