NHMS 2023: A Million People Aged Above 15 In Malaysia Suffer From Depression

According to NHMS 2023, depression in Malaysia has double since 2019, with nearly half having thoughts of self-harm or suicide. It is most prevalent among ages 16-29. 1 in 6 children are also likely to suffer from mental health problems.

(CodeBlue) – The National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2023 has revealed that approximately one million people, or 4.6 per cent, of those aged over 15 in Malaysia, suffer from depression.

The number of people with depression has doubled from 2019 to 2023, with nearly half of them having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, according to the NHMS report released last May 16.

The survey found that depression was more prevalent among younger age groups, specifically those aged 16 to 19 (7.9 per cent) and aged 20 to 29 (7.6 per cent).

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