Mental health problems in children, an “epidemic”
KUALA LUMPUR: Some 424,000 children in Malaysia struggle with mental health issues.
According to a National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) in 2019, this indicates that mental health issues within the group have become an epidemic.
The Malaysian Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (MYCAPs) cited a World Health Organization (WHO) estimate that 20% of children worldwide suffer from mental health problems, including many go undetected and untreated.
“According to the WHO, 50% of mental health problems begin before the age of 14 and 75% begin in their twenties,” MYCAPs said in a statement on World Infant Mental Health Day. , child and adolescent, which falls on April 23. every year.
Bernama said that according to the MYCAPs, the prevention of mental health problems should start in early childhood, with parents playing a vital role in ensuring the mental well-being of their children through the provision of quality environments and favorable.
This includes ensuring they are in a safe, stable and loving environment, the association said.
“Children’s mental health needs include receiving unrequited love from parents.
“The opportunity to play with other children can also build their confidence and self-esteem,” MYCAPs said.
Currently, many children are growing up in dangerous home environments with physically or emotionally absent parents, he added.
“For children and teens, parents need to encourage healthy conversation by actively listening and providing space for them to talk without being critical or judgmental,” he said.
MYCAPs also stated that good mental health drives development, prevention, rehabilitation and resilience to enable children to grow up healthy and reach their potential and form resilience and positive personality as they grow. grow into adulthood.