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High number of mentally ill in Terengganu

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DUNGUN — October 13, 2016: A total of 95,293 people in Terengganu have been found to have mental health problems.

In stating this, state Health, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Roslee Daud put the ratio at one out of four people.

(However, searches by The Mole put the state’s population at about 1.12 million, which in fact means a ratio of one out of 12.)

Roslee further quoted a research by the health ministry to caution against under-estimating problems related to mental illness.

“The issue of mental health is not only about madness but also involves changes in emotions, thoughts and behaviour that cause disorder in terms of daily activities functionality and the inability to establish interpersonal
relationships.

“Various factors can contribute to mental health problems such as financial crisis, family problems, physical illness, stress at work, chronic diseases and violence,” said Roslee after the launch of the state-level World Mental Health
Day 2016 here today. Present was state health director Dr. Mohammad Omar.

Mohammad said the public could get mental illness treatment at various places including the Wakaf Tapai Clinic in Marang and the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital.

About 40 per cent of the 702 patients treated at the clinic since three years ago have gained employment. — Bernama

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