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  • thank you all for coming here today to listen to me.

  • Talk.

  • Um all right.

  • So my topic today is changing the stigma attached to people with mental health conditions.

  • No, really.

  • Thank you for coming here.

  • I know it wasn't just for me, but most people would avoid this topic because it's not easy to listen to problems about mental health or how these problems might affect you.

  • So in effect, I was thinking maybe I should change my topic.

  • Like, you know, have, like, more popular words like how to live your best life now or because it's a university.

  • Howto have good grades but a great love life.

  • Another one.

  • I was thinking maybe howto have meaning in joy in your life.

  • Because who doesn't want that right?

  • The thing is, all these things are actually relevant to this topic because all these things are possible for all of us, every one of us here, even when we're struggling, if we change the stigma attached to people with mental health conditions.

  • So let me tell you, why does is true and and how we can do it.

  • So mental health conditions you might have heard referred to US mental disorders.

  • Mental illnesses are serious health conditions.

  • Take, for instance, the depression, one of the most common mental health condition.

  • More than just feeling sad, sometimes it makes it so difficult for you to work, play or do anything else.

  • Why?

  • Because nothing else seems to matter.

  • How about anxiety disorders?

  • Someone with anxiety and anxieties?

  • Orefice.

  • It's so hard to have that peace of mind.

  • Your mind is constantly worrying about the next thing, anticipating the what, if always, feeling on edge.

  • And these health conditions have ripple effects.

  • They don't just affect individual families.

  • Friendships are disrupted.

  • Mental health places are impacted by the loss of productive ity.

  • Ultimately the whole nation.

  • It's affected because mental health conditions are far more common, far more serious than most people realize.

  • In Malaysia, one in three people with his 30% of Malaysian adults have poor mental health at any one point in time.

  • But over the course of life, 80% of the population will develop a mental health condition.

  • That's four in every five will have a mental health condition some point in that life.

  • So the question here is not whether you be affected when you should care.

  • It's when and how you'll be affected.

  • So the chances are quite high that you yourself will have poor mental health some point in your life and is practically a guarantee that you order people you love who experienced the consequences because of the ripple effect.

  • This adds up to a huge economic social health burden on society.

  • But it's also an opportunity for us to make a difference and improve lives of people everywhere.

  • If we can change the start of school and we have actually done something, you know, treatments are better than they have ever been.

  • New help is being developed, so we have hope for the future.

  • All right, men make good progress.

  • But one thing remarkably has not changed over the years.

  • It's the stigma of mental health.

  • So stigma means a mark of disgrace.

  • Sort of screen is really far glasses.

  • I can't see anything.

  • It's a market, this grace a sign of shame, Right?

  • So for ages now, having a mental health condition disassociated with just that, as if somehow inherent in you.

  • If you haven't met the health condition, you are ah, week crazy, bad or just unfit for society, and the thing is O negative.

  • Stereotypes goes beyond just perception, right?

  • It causes real harm because people would meant the conditions are discriminated against them more likely to be fired, less likely to be hired.

  • And it rejected by people.

  • Because who wants to be friends with someone who's crazy now, our negative treatment and our negative stereotypes, stereotypes of people impacts them.

  • It actually makes them worse.

  • They begin to see themselves more negatively, a few more hopeless, and you take a much longer time to recover.

  • The chances are, if you're aware of these stereotypes, research says that you probably endorse them, too.

  • I didn't realize how true it waas until I became depressed.

  • Now when I was depressed, it's like like I mean, I'm a clinical psychologist, so I would never say someone was weak, full feeling bad.

  • But when I was oppressed like every negative stereotype hit me like a ton of bricks, like suddenly is like surely you had to be strong enough to handle the stress.

  • And surely I had to overcome this, and then surely I was weak for not being able to push through.

  • Surely I was a burden to others.

  • And then surely my life was not worth living and really took others believing that I was not defined by my depression, that it was not what society might have seen me as because of the Depression, that the Depression wasn't just a problem.

  • I had to hide in a corner and figure out by myself.

  • But the depression was something that I needed to reach out and get help from friends, family, from professionals.

  • I owed it to myself and I hold it to others who cared about me.

  • So was then, four years ago that I started.

  • Relate.

  • Malaysia, now relate, has three purposes.

  • So first is to educate so that people will understand what mental health is about to de stigmatize.

  • So people won't feel ashamed to seek help to conduct research so that we can drive changes forward in society and communities and finally, is to make help more accessible so that people everywhere in Malaysia, because we offer online counseling, can reach out and get the help that they need.

  • And that's definitely need it because we don't have enough mental health professionals in Malaysia.

  • So anyone at psychology best major ever okay, but The thing is, you know, just having more caregivers, more mental health professionals isn't enough to build a mentally healthy society.

  • We need everyone to play a part because all societies become great when people realize that they are the society.

  • In every area of human excellence, you would find someone who had Oh has in mental health condition authors like Dame J.

  • K Rulings who wrote Harry Potter politicians like Sir Winston Churchill in business.

  • The cofounder read it.

  • Alexis Oh, honey in athletes, the most decorated Olympian of all times, Michael Phelps, the swimmer, music in Music, Lady Gaga and and every child's favorite character that actress Kristen Bell, who plays Anna in Frozen.

  • So the list goes on.

  • And so the fact is, we benefit when we include people with mental health conditions in our society.

  • We're better off if we write them off.

  • If they write themselves off, we would not have achieved as much as we have today.

  • So inclusion makes there's a better society, better communities to live in.

  • It's for our sake.

  • So here comes my challenge to you guys, and it's not going to take a lot of time.

  • I need your help to change the way we think and act around mental health.

  • The first thing is to understand and communicate to fundamental points about mental health conditions to those around you.

  • Number one When someone has a mental condition, it is not their fault.

  • It didn't choose it.

  • And it is not due to some single floor.

  • Like bad genes are bad brain wiring.

  • I'll state of mental how that any moment is the result of many different factors.

  • Okay, including ah, genetic material, physical and biological health, social environment that we're in.

  • And all of us are divers.

  • We all have our own experiences and own personalities that contribute a role.

  • Then, when the combination of all these things are in good balance were mentally healthy, right, we can ah minus clear.

  • We feel all right, you know, not bad, but good.

  • Like pumped and we can act productively and fruitfully.

  • But the combination of these things are non imbalance.

  • Amend a healthy periods again, not a choice.

  • And that waas actually one of the most frustrating things.

  • When I was depressed, my inability to choose Why couldn't I just snap out of it and feel good?

  • Because nobody chooses to be unwell, but we can choose to reach out and get help.

  • Which brings me to my second point.

  • There is something to be done.

  • Mental health conditions are treatable now that many different types of treatments bottle focus on the two most common ones.

  • That you come across the first a psychological treatment, and so that focuses on helping you become more aware off how you feel, think and act and guide you to make changes in these areas so that you feel better and then you act and think in healthier ways.

  • And the second is medical treatment, which often uses medication to help you manage the symptoms and does use along site with psychological treatment.

  • Now there are downsides.

  • Getting help.

  • It cost you time money and someone might find out about it.

  • But you're making a winning position when you decide to get help, because it's avoiding the far worse costs and consequences if you get worse.

  • But more importantly, you're investing in yourself, your health and your potential, and the 2nd 1 for all of us here.

  • I want to encourage us to make a change.

  • Today, along with our theme, Let's start with yourself and your mental health.

  • So in the business of today's life, we're rushing from class to class.

  • We're working with meetings with setting up Tex talks They were working on thing 2 a.m. You know, this morning we so easily forget to check in with ourselves and to notice How am I doing?

  • So stop phones Now.

  • I know some of you are watching your phones now.

  • I can't see anything but a suspect, so just stop for a while.

  • Breathe right and listen.

  • Notice how your body you mind your emotions field like what's going on?

  • How's it doing?

  • Maybe it's not going so well.

  • And if you notice something is not going so well, I talked to a mental health professional.

  • Just a friendly chat.

  • Nothing serious.

  • Tell them what's going on, what doesn't feel quite right.

  • And then you can decide where the further care will be A benefit to you?

  • No, I also encourage you to do this at the first sign.

  • Something doesn't feel right.

  • There's a great analogy of mental health care to cancer care.

  • Women are encouraged to do regular self checks four lumps of to detect any early signs of breast cancer.

  • Men are also asked to do early checks to just discover any early science of what could be testicular cancer.

  • Why?

  • Because it's better to get well, didn't wait to get worse.

  • And so the same goes for mental health conditions, right?

  • But so maybe you have noticed a sign, but you push it away because you should be tough, because is your problem and you should handle it alone and you don't want to be weak.

  • But caring about the state of your mind and your feelings is not a weakness.

  • It is strength.

  • It's wisdom.

  • It's compassion for yourself.

  • And then from there extended the same wisdom and compassion to dose around you lecturers.

  • You might notice students who are struggling academically show compassion to them, you know, falling behind and maybe not coming to class, not doing well academically.

  • Our common signs off something's not quite right inside.

  • And maybe for the rest of us.

  • If you have friends of family members who maybe start acting differently a little bit more difficult to be around, show them compassion when you're in adult air on the side of compassion and why?

  • Because even though all of us are different on a much, much deeper level.

  • We're more alike that otherwise we have the same frailties.

  • Limitations.

  • We have the same strength, the same spirit.

  • We come from the same source to beneath mental health condition.

  • There is a part of that person, the essence off the person that remains untouched but a condition.

  • And if you look for it, you will find it and you can then relate to the person like just another human being.

  • So I asked you to join me, join us in relating to one another on that deeper level.

  • And if we do that when we start doing that, we would change together to be better people in a better society.

  • Thank you very much.

thank you all for coming here today to listen to me.

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