The Ministry of Health will continue strengthening the efforts to improve the quality of mental health service to be more accessible, comprehensive, holistic and systematic in order to meet the requirements of treatment and care of patients who suffer from psychological and mental health conditions in the country.

All the efforts carried out are hoped to enable this country to contribute to the worldwide aspiration of taking mental health out of the shadows, so that public in general feel more confident in tackling the stigma, isolation and discrimination that continues to afflict people with psychological and mental health problems. This was emphasised by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doktor Awang Haji Zulkarnain bin Haji Hanafi, the Minister of Health in his statement in conjunction with World Mental Health Day celebrated every 10th of October.

This year’s celebration themed ‘Dignity in Mental Health – Psychological and Mental Health First Aid for All’ is relevant as it encourages a culture of openness and cooperation. The launch of the Brunei Darussalam Mental Health Order and its Code of Practice in 2014 has to a certain extent, contributed to more people coming forward to seek professional help. This marks a significant milestone in the development of mental health care in Brunei Darussalam, particularly in its aims on addressing the care, rehabilitation, welfare and protection of people with mental health disorders. Aside from this, religious efforts are also beneficial for a better state of mental health. In support of breaking down the social barriers and changing people’s perspectives on mental illness, the Ministry has consistently been working closely with schools, community partners, government agencies as well as non-governmental organizations in raising awareness of mental health. Such a collective effort, from all walks of life, will have a positive impact in eradicating the social stigma associated with mental health for the betterment of our society.

Source: Radio Television Brunei