Welcome to the Site – Again

Hi there everyone,

I am actually delighted to welcome you to the site again after my unofficial announcement yesterday on TV3 during the Wanita Hari Ini segment. Thank you for the invitation (we will talk about this issue separately) and thank you for the plug!

I was extremely moved by the sharing by En. Amirul and his story on finding help. He was lucky, but many are not.

I recently met a patient who had symptoms of depression and was referred to see one of us in the Klang Valley. This person went to three different clinics and hospitals but was not successful in finding help (doctors out, appointment system etc) before coming to see me in UMSC. Hearing her ordeal moved me to work just that bit harder in mental health awareness and advocacy and hearing En. Amirul telling me his own experience, has recharged my motivation further. We need to get more information out so people can find us.

I believe we have the best healthcare system for mental health that one can have for a country like ours, and I also believe we can do more. Nevertheless, if you can’t find us, all will be for nothing.

My team and I will be sharing with all of you a number of material over the coming days, weeks, months and hopefully years on various aspects of mental health. We will also inform you of appearances by the team and also announce initiatives from time to time. Either done by us or others. We also aim to share with you patient related material so you may be informed about the various mental illnesses.

We hope that you enjoy the page, the content and also share your thoughts with us.

Thanks again for the support – subscribe to the podcast! That’s the first way to start.

Amer

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!

Amer