THE Mental Health Bill has been unanimously passed with all MPs agreeing on the importance of mental health.
The bill was passed after Health Minister Michael Malabag spoke on mental health care in the country.
“The discriminated and stigmatised people are finally given due attention and protection,” he said.
Malabag said the goal “is to reduce the number of people who become ill and die from mental illness”.
“Mental health has been neglected for far too long,” he said.
“Mental health is crucial to the overall well-being of individuals, societies and countries.
“Today, in our nation, there are many physical, social, and psychological factors that are beginning to emerge.
“Some of these common problems that cause such burdens are in the form of cults, disasters, depression, suicide, all forms of violence, child and adolescence issues, HIV-AIDS, drugs, and alcohol, teenage pregnancy – the list goes on and on.”