Ep.39 – Media Reporting in Suicide Cases

Malaysian Congress for Psychological Medicine Conference (19-21 July) – more details on this topic will be discussed here – https://www.psychiatry-malaysia.org/article.php?aid=2156

Do’s and Don’t’s:

1. think about who the audiences are. If you are sharing, please include where to find help as well.
2. please leave out the details. It might encourage others to try.
3. avoid making it a headline. We don’t want to glorify the act.
4. more sensitive instead of sensational
5. avoid pictures, front covers

Look up Befrienders in Malaysia if you feel you need someone to talk to – 03-79568145 or https://www.befrienders.org.my

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World No Tobacco Day 2018

Again we are revisited by May 31st, the day the World Health Organisation declared to be World No Tobacco Day.

For 2018, theme is “Smoking and Heart Disease”. This allows us to take stock of the current situation where smoking is the number ONE public health problem worldwide, killing half to two thirds of its users. It is also the leading risk factor for noncommunicable diseases such as hearth disease. More importantly, quitting smoking allow us to recover heart function and some studies have found that quitting for 15 years and more essentially results in the risk to reduce to a non-smoker. How cool is that.

Aptly, World No Tobacco Day falls in the month of Ramadan where Muslims the world over are fasting from dawn to dusk. What great timing to attempt a quit attempt! It’s just bit easier as many are not smoking during the day and more are trying to quit die to spiritual reasons during this month.

Quitting on own is a possibility but it’s just that bit easier with aid. Partaking in http://jomquit.com.my is one way to do and in this portal you will be introduced to ways to quit and also quit smoking centers across Malaysia. Just visit the one nearest to you.

Finally, I wanted to also share a newspaper clipping of smoking among school children and what we should be doing about it. raising tobacco prices to make them out of reach and ensuring that illegal cigarettes are not present is but only one way.



My Doctors

Dr Liyana and Dr Uzair, the hosts for this series

I had the opportunity to be part of the local Doctors series called My Doctors which was aired on Monday 23rd and a repeat which is even more popular on Saturday night 28th, April 2018.

This was an interesting experience for me personally and in this first segment, I am discussing about cyber bullying. It was an opportunity to once again discuss about depression and suicide.

Depression affects between 8-12% of Malaysians and is the leading mental health condition (in my opinion) diagnosed in outpatient settings. People often come with a range of symptoms but the main two symptoms are depressed mood and also the inability to enjoy life activities. You can hear more about depression in my podcast at http://play.raku.my/mentalmalaysia (do subscribe)

You can catch more My Doctors series on Astro 104/124 every Monday at 11pm and Saturday’s at 8pm


Let’s start discussing #mentalhealthMY

I wanted to start this page with the call to not only continue talking about mental health but now to start discussing about mental health! One platform is through the use of a common hashtag which will allow us to find, document and discuss the many issues we face in either living with a mental health condition or for some of us, to care for those with a mental health problem and/or a mental illness. I think it has been far to long that we have not had the amount of noise and attention that mental health should be getting in order to assist in changing the many issues that can and should be changed when dealing with mental health. Among a few issues of importance includes, insurance for mental health, access to care, role of mental health care providers and also addition of their contribution to the team and more mental health awareness material and campaigns considering Malaysia is reported to have 29.2% of her population with a mental health condition.

So I urge you all to join me through twitter, Facebook and also Instagram using #mentalhealthMY so we can follow the discussion.

Let us all start today!