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What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental health problems are common, especially depression, anxiety and misuse of alcohol or drugs. However a great pool of people who are suffering, choose to suffer in silence, not seeking help at all. It is largely due to our social stigma that is associated with mental health. Often, they are ashamed or felt “judged” and therefore they are reluctant to discuss mental health problems with their families, friends or colleagues.

With greater community awareness, people will be able to recognise the problems, know what effective treatments are available and will feel more comfortable seeking professional help. Seeking help is not a sign of weakness, in fact, early detection and treatment will bring a high chance of recovery.