Agong’s eldest daughter appointed World Mental Health Day 2020 international patron

Malaysia’s advocacy work in mental healthcare has received a boost with the appointment of Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s eldest daughter as the international patron of the World Mental Health Day 2020.

Datuk Dr Andrew Mohanraj, the president of the Malaysia Mental Health Association. He added that the appointment was a great honour for the nation in World Mental Health Day 2020.

“Tengku Iman’s appointment is an honour for Malaysia. And it also a recognition of mental health advocacy work done by her in her personal capacity ’’

“Our largely state-sponsored healthcare system is the envy of many in the developing world. Others can learn from us as much as we can learn from them, ”

According to Dr Mohanraj, the princess’ appointment will also showcase the great strides Malaysia has made in the area of health service provisions.

The recognition spurs a multi-sectoral approach towards mental health awareness and accessibility. Besides, it builds protection for persons with psychiatric illness here.

Moreover, it also works towards the establishment of mental health services in every country in the world.

Apart from that, Dr Mohanraj has also been elected to sit on the board of WFMH, representing the Asia-Pacific region.

About the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH)

The World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) takes this opportunity. During a time when the world is confronted by unprecedented mental health consequences. Besides, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on billions of people. Thus, for the purpose to launch the World Mental Health Day campaign.

The theme for this year is:

Mental Health for All-Greater Investment – Greater Access

To launch World Mental Health Day, which will be celebrated globally on the 10 October. Calling for the urgent redress and investment in mental health – a call which can no longer be ignored.

Dr Daniels, President of WFMH says, “Now more than ever greater investment in mental health is needed to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to mental health care.

The under investment in mental health has left large treatment gaps globally. She added that “Mental health is an investment and not an expense and should be prioritised to avert a further catastrophe.”

The worldwide pandemic arose against an already dire mental health landscape. And that saw mental health conditions on the rise across the globe.

About 450 million people live with mental disorders that are among the leading causes of ill-health worldwide (WHO’s World Health Report, 2001).


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