JOHOR BARU, Oct 10 : One in five children between the ages of five to 16 in the country has mental health problem, said Johor State Health director Datuk Dr Mohd Khairi Yakub.
“In 1996, the mental health problems among these children and teenagers is at 13 per cent, and in 2006 it has increased to 19.4 per cent.
“Five years later, it continued to increase to 20 per cent,” he said when launching the national-level World Mental Health Day at Permai Hospital here Saturday.
Dr Mohd Khairi said ideas of committing suicides were also high which is at 1.7 per cent, while the suicide plans and attempts are at 0.9 per cent and 0.5 per cent respectively.
Hence, he said, the mental health problems needed to be addressed wisely by adopting the Healthy Mind Skills which enables patients to calm down, control their anger and possessing skills to resolve conflicts and capable of making rational decisions.
Dr Mohd Khairi also launched the Johor State Health Department’s new service, Dr.jobmap e-service to provide information on new job opportunities for patients and hospital staff in Johor Baharu areas.
Dr.Jobmap e-service, which is using the modified Google Map, is handled by Permai Hospital’s Innovation Occupational Therapy Unit. – Bernama