Edited by: Sheera Abg Mansor
KUALA LUMPUR: As the nation is entering day 14th of Movement Control Order (MCO), the public must have experienced the emotions of anxious, panic and stressed over the COVID-19 pandemic.
These normal human emotions can lead to mental health issues if the feelings are prolonged and uncontrolled or not properly handled.
Senior lecturer in the Psychological Well-being and Counselling Specialist Unit in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Dr Abdul Rahman Ahmad Badayai as quoted in Bernama said Malaysians must practise healthy eating, exercise at home, and connect with others through the social media during the MCO period.
This situation, he said can be felt as the public constantly exposed to fake news on social media.
There are mental health and psycho-social services provided by the health experts to help Malaysians who are experiencing mental health issues during the crisis and the imposition of the MCO, UKM is one the places the public can seek.
He said Malaysians who need mental support can get the service, including psychological first aid (PFA) to calm down their emotions in times of crisis or disaster.
Members of the public can contact 03-20225529 from Monday till Friday (9 a.m. until 6 p.m.) for UKM’s mental health support service.