Stop stigmatising people with mental health problems: Wan Azizah

Jul 29, 2018 | News

Malaysians should stop stigmatising people with mental health problems and should instead offer a helping hand to those affected, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

She said many people live in denial when faced with challenges related to mental health and treat the issue as taboo and its existence as something that should not even be acknowledged.

“Some Muslims even interpret mental illnesses as a weakness of faith, and advise those who are vulnerable to simply pray more, fear Allah SWT or completely forget about their situations.

“Why do we readily sympathise with someone with a broken arm but keep away from someone undergoing depression?

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