Mental Health is not a disease.
It is a result of how we perceive inputs around us and how our brain puts those into context. We should not label it as a disorder or illness.
To give you some context to this global issue that is increasing at an alarming rate.
Between 2015-2017 
- Globally, 792 million people were living with a mental health issue. That is slightly more than 1 in every 10 persons globally.
- 222 thousand young (10-29 years old) individuals took their lives due to this.
- Another 570 thousand of other aged individuals also took to suicide.
- Globally, only 1% of the health workforce works in mental health.
- 45% of the world’s population live in a country with less than one psychiatrist for 100 000 people.
Closer to home
- 29% of Malaysians are suffering from some form of depression, anxiety disorder or mental concerns.
- This is becoming the 2nd largest health issue affecting the country, after Heart Attack.
- 2 out of 5 Malaysian living in KL (vs. 1 out of 5 in Perak) are living with mental health concerns.
In short, there is a severe lack of support systems and resources being put into helping these people living with the issue. Without help, they often resort to the only way out, by taking their own lives.
If you drill down to the root cause, it is ultimately due to people living with severe lack of happiness.
What are some of the things that each of us can do, to help reduce the level of unhappiness among the community;
- Spend more time with our loved ones. They are truly, the most important connections in our lives. Give them your time whenever you can.
- Cyber bullying is REAL. Don’t lean into it. Teach our family and friends not to be part of it.
- Take the time to connect with family & friends. Connecting and engaging with people that you are comfortable with, will help to drive your own happiness. In order to help others, we need to first help ourselves. Our own sanity requires some rejuvenation too.
- Don’t pressure your loved ones into doing something that they do not want or like. Same applies to your work team, colleagues, and friends.
- Let happiness be your true north. Focus on growing that and not other insatiable attributes.
- Learn not to be affected by the negatives or get high on the positives – what you hear, you digest, and you make the learning your own.
- Learn to filter out the noises coming from externally. Whatever you do or embark upon is truly for your own. It should not be primarily for others, at the expense of your own happiness and sanity.
- The moment you have learnt to filter out the unnecessary, you will find it to be extremely quiet up there in your mind.
Life is all about perspective and how we react to things around us. Building happiness and a positive mindset will help to reduce the likelihood of us getting into mental health concerns.
Like every other part of our body, the mind is equally important. Do take care of it and enjoy a happy life to the fullest.
Source :  World Health Organisation 2015, 2017