Launch of Mental Health Awareness Month
A recent study found that one in three Malaysians experience issues related to mental health. However, mental health issues are seldom recognized and individuals who suffer from mental health issues as well as their families are often at a loss when it comes to seeking treatment.
Thus, the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya together with the Malaysian Medical Gazette, Malaysian Mental Health Association, Malaysian Psychiatric Association and Befrienders organized a month long event to create more awareness and raise understanding about mental health.
The launch of the mental health awareness month was kicked off with an exhibition of paintings by people with mental health issues at the University of Malaya Art Gallery, officiated by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Development) Prof Dr Faisal Rafiq Mahamd Adikan.
Together with the paintings by patients were also 5 paintings centered on the theme of smartphone addiction donated by Dato Dr Tan Chee Khuan, who is a psychiatrist and a well-known artist.
The objectives of displaying the art works by patients with mental illness was to increase awareness of mental health issues and encourage discussions.
In addition, the organizers also hoped to educate the public on the different types of mental health issues and the challenges that patients face. The month long exhibition was also held with other concurrent events like talks on radio on mental health, interviews and forums.
By Khairunnisa Kamarudin