KUCHING, Feb 26 (Bernama) -- The number of mental patients receiving treatment at Sentosa Hospital near here increased last year when 16, 216 outpatients were recorded compared to 14,698 in 2018.
Sentosa Hospital director Dr Rosliwati Md Yusoff today said of the total number recorded in 2019, 15,775 were repeat patients, while 441 were new patients.
"The hospital, which has a capacity of 338 beds, received 954 patients last year compared with 786 patients in 2018," she told a press conference at the hospital.
The press conference was held to announce a three-day, Sixth Sarawak Mental Health Conference which would take place on April 1 at one of the leading hotels here.
Dr Rosliwati said the increase in the number of patients at the hospital was due to a decrease in the public stigma which regard patients at the hospital as "mad".
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She said among the common causes of mental disorders in the state were environmental factors such as place of work, workload and relationships with colleagues, while for those who attended school it was due to bullying or too much homework.
According to Rosliwati, most individuals with mental health problems were between their 30s and 50s, but there were cases involving younger people due to substance abuse or physical and sexual abuse.
In this regard, she invited the public to participate in the conference to further their understanding and knowledge of mental health.
“We are targeting up to 300 participants from this country and other Southeast Asian countries to attend the conference and those interested in joining can register at https://smhcon.com/registration or call 082-612321 or 082-612132, " she said.
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