PETALING JAYA: Of the 500,000 Malaysians reported to suffer from depression in the 2019 National Health and Morbidity Survey, 108,919 were young Malaysians, according to Befrienders KL.
They were between 15 and 24 years old, Befrienders publicity director Ardy Ayadali told FMT.
He also said those aged 28 and below made up 33% of the distress calls Befrienders received last year.
Referring to the current situation, Ardy said older people were experiencing emotional distress because they were working from home or had suffered loss of income.
However, he added, youths were more likely to get depression from the stress of academic and social struggles.
“But the causes of depression are complex,” he said. “In youths, these can include low self-esteem and poor interpersonal skills, which cause them to struggle with…