18/03/2023  Health Regional Seminar 2023



99 cases of Deliberate Self-Harm, DSH, were identified in the country and the study found that over 89 percent were citizens and permanent residents. Of the total, 34 point 3 percent are men and the rest are women. While presenting the main paper of the Mental Health Regional Seminar 2023 via video conference on 18th March morning, the Minister of Health emphasised that the majority of DSH cases sent to hospital had no previous mental illness. According to Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar, a study in evaluating the characteristics of patients referred to the Department of Psychiatry was conducted. The seminar took place at the International Convention Centre, Berakas.


According to the Minister, the study also shows that social factors are closely related to deliberate self-harm, namely: 76.1 percent have relationship problems; 31.3 percent have financial problems; 23.9 percent have learning problems; 13.4 percent have problems at work; 13.4 percent faced the problem of losing the closest person; and 4.5 percent have psychotic problems that is hallucinations and delusions.


Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti suggested Muslim experts to apply divine therapy in treatment such as reciting zikir which covers Qur'anic verses, ruqyah and prayers to also be introduced at health centres and Islamic clinics as the main treatment or at least as a support treatment to the existing therapies.


The Mental Health Regional Seminar 2023 themed 'Mental Health towards ummah well-being', was officiated by Awang Haji Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin, Permanent Secretary as the personal representative of the Minister of Health. The seminar acts as platform to increase the public's level of knowledge and awareness about mental health.