By Siti Rohaizah Zainal
PETALING JAYA, Oct 13 — Kampung Tunku state assemblyman Lim Yi Wei has expressed hope the upcoming 2023 Selangor Budget will increase the allocations for mental health, as well as maintain the existing assistance provided.
She said the issue of individual mental health should be focused on, as part of the efforts to help society.
“Mental healthcare is crucial, in light of the fact that society must now deal with the post-Covid-19 pandemic and the struggles with the high costs of living.
“Perhaps the state government can improve mental health assistance by subsidising the first session of specialist assistance and medication at Selcare clinics for patients,” Lim said during the press conference after the Selangor Rugby Union 2022 Women’s Rugby Championship (Kampung Tunku State Constituency Cup) yesterday.
Earlier on, Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari said the state government will not ignore mental health problems, by providing free counsellor assistance via the Selangor Mental Sihat (Sehat) online initiative.
He said help will be provided as a form of indirect support, as mental health issues should not be viewed or taken lightly.
The Sehat initiative is the state government’s latest effort in aiding Selangor citizens to deal with mental health issues.
Sehat counsellors can be contacted at 1700-82-7536 or 1700-82-7537, through the SELangkah app, or by visiting http://www.drsitimariah.com/sehat.
The 2023 Selangor Budget is scheduled for presentation on October 28 during the State Legislative Assembly. Members of the public can follow the live broadcast at SelangorTV (selangortv.my), or on Media Selangor’s official Facebook page.