Last year, the Deputy Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahya had stated that one per cent of our population suffer from mental problems, with another 20 per cent having mental health problems like depression, stress and anxiety.
Since then, we have been observing that mental health problems among school students are a matter of serious concern and need to be addressed. Beginning of this year, a Form One student from Bandar Rinching took his own life by drinking pesticide at his home, after he was bullied by his peers. Last month, a video depicting a schoolgirl being brutally beaten by a group of schoolmates went viral. There are several such viral videos being posted on Youtube depicting a horrific scenario among our school students.
School bullying is an increasing phenomenon. It is defined as “repeated””