Removing Stigma of Mental Illness

Rotary Club of Greentown and Hospital Bahagia Ulu Kinta jointly organised a 25km World Mental Health Day commemorative walk on Wednesday, October 10 in order to educate society and reduce the instances of stigmatizing views about mental illness.

Flagged off at MBI Square, there were participants of all ages from Rotary Club of Greentown, Federal Reserve Unit, Fire and Rescue Department, Malaysia Road Transport Department, Royal Malaysian Customs Department, Quest University, Hospital Bahagia Ulu Kinta and Perak Society for the Promotion of Mental Health.

Present were Dr Baskaran Gobala Krishnan, Rotary’s District Governor 3300, Dr Sumeeta Dhanoa, President of Rotary Club of Greentown and Dr Norhayati Nordin, the Director of Hospital Bahagia Ulu Kinta.

“We started with 75 participants and I believe we have more than 60 who completed the 25km walk. It was not easy especially the last 5km but we pulled through and encouraged one another,” Dr Sumeeta explained.

“I hope we can do more joint activities like this with other NGOs. Today in the month of October marks World Mental Health Day and it runs on the theme of ‘Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World’” Dr Norhayati said.

The morning concluded with a certificate presentation and palm print ceremony at the grounds of Hospital Bahagia Ulu Kinta.

Mei Kuan

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