The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education Malaysia will be jointly launching a pilot project in four secondary schools to identify and address the issue of youths suffering from mental health problems, i.e. stress, depression, etc, which is currently on the rise. According to the Health Ministry's National Health Mobility Survey, the number of people seeking medical attention for mental health problems was 10.6% in 1996 but rose to 11.2% in 2006. And the figure was alarmingly high for those aged 16 and 19 years of age. Under this project, students will be asked to take a mental health evaluation test to determine if they are facing any mental health problems and the level of the problem they are facing. The aim of this project is to identify the causes of mental health problems and ways to help these students overcome them.
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