So how do we overcome the stigma of mental illness? To start off, mental health professionals and the government need to strive to provide services that will best engage and treat all patients, especially young adults (of whom have the highest rate of those suffering from mental illness).
Eliminating barriers is an important step for our society to progress towards a mental health stigma free community. Discussions and engagements regarding mental health awareness needs to be done more openly rather than whispering about it that might have precipitate it as a taboo or an embarrassing topic to share. Nothing about mental health should be humiliating, so do not be afraid to talk about it openly.
Employers also have a hand to play in addressing mental health issues in the workplace. As more and more insurance companies start to offer mental health coverage in their products, the government has been urging employers to incorporate it into health schemes for their staff. According to the findings of the Malaysia’s Healthiest Workplace by AIA Vitality 2018 survey, mental issues have increasingly affect Malaysian employees over the years, which can lead to staff absences and turnover which in turn negatively impact the productivity and performance of the company.
The findings demonstrate that 50.2% of employees have at least one dimension of work-related stress. Efforts such as ensuring proper work/life balance, organizing mental health talks, offering free screening and financially supporting mental health treatments are some ways many corporations around the world are slowly starting to get on addressing mental health in the workplace.