Many mental health disorders that manifest early in life tend to be chronic, and often, they are associated with poverty and marginalisation. If left untreated, these can lead to a series of impairments affecting various life domains, including academic underachievement, family problems, unemployment and mental health issues in adulthood.
The adolescent population in Malaysia stands at 5.5 million as of 2018; two in five adolescents suffer from anxiety and at least one in five battles depression, reports the National Health and Morbidity Survey 2017; while 11.2% have suicidal ideation and 10.1% previously attempted suicide.1 Form One students, especially, display the highest suicidal tendencies.
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