Since the outbreak of the pandemic, statistics shared by the Ministry of Health shows that in the past year alone, psychological services in Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital received an average of 400 to 500 patients every month. At the same time, the Talian Harapan 145 recorded more than 700 calls in August this year, a significant increase from its previous average of 200 calls in a month. Even without the pandemic, around 1.5 percent of the national population are affected by mental illness. This was said by Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports during the opening ceremony of Brunei Darussalam World Mental Health Day 2021, yesterday morning via virtually.
Meanwhile, Her Excellency Tiffany Anne McDonald, High Commissioner of Australia to Brunei Darussalam in her speech among others said that through this event, it is hoped that there will be the stimulus towards greater awareness of the importance of caring for mental health among the communities.
The event continued with online forum on Mental Health Education and Its Realities which attended by 88 participants on Zoom Application and 321 views on Youtube Livestream. The event will be held for 3 weeks by highlighting several programmes such as forum, workshop and support groups. Brunei Darussalam World Mental Health Day 2021 is organised by CureHeart, Global Shapers Community Bandar Seri Begawan and PEKA Consultant as well as Clarity Sendirian Berhad.
Source: Radio Television Brunei